Man Utd: Erik ten Hag reveals talks with Kobbie Mainoo over potential issue | Football

Erik ten Hag has spoken to Kobbie Mainoo about his newfound fame (Picture: Getty)

Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag says he has spoken to Kobbie Mainoo about not getting ‘carried away’ by his newfound fame and speculation he will be picked in England’s Euro 2024 squad.

‘We’ve already discussed this,’ Ten Hag said. ‘So far he’s handled the situation very well. If he gets carried away, of course, me as a manager and we as coaches, we will intervene.

‘But so far it is not necessary because he wants to play football, he wants to win, he wants to give his best every day.

‘He wants to improve and just have fun on the pitch. Fun for him is to play dominant, to dictate the game and win the game.’

Assessing Mainoo’s performances for England during the international break, Ten Hag added: ‘I thought it was very good but we are not surprised.

‘We know what he is capable of, he can very quickly adapt to high levels. It looks very natural and we are very happy for him. 

‘Of course, we are also very [proud], it’s great for the academy of Manchester United to bring up a player so young going into the national team, it’s a big compliment for the whole club.

‘For himself because he did it but also all the ones who worked with him during his time in the academy, it’s very good news for Manchester United.’

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