“Has everything to succeed”: Unites’s breathtaking teenage duo tipped for greatness by fan favourite

Juan Mata, a former Manchester United player, has waxed poetic about Alejandro Garnacho and Kobbie Mainoo, two starlets at the club.

The performances of academy products Garnacho and Mainoo have been two bright spots of light amid a dismal season.

This season, the Red Devils have been extremely difficult to watch. They are in a true battle for Conference League football and have just managed to secure a positive goal differential.

While they do have an FA Cup final to look forward to later this month, a team the size of United should hardly use this as a barometer for success.

The ascent of a few young players, like Omari Forson, Willy Kambwala, and Ethan Wheatley, who are all making their senior debuts this season, has been a bright spot.

The role that Mainoo and Garnacho have played, nevertheless, has most impressed observers and supporters since in such a short time, they have established themselves as essential parts of the first team.

The next to wax poetic about the two adolescents’ meteoric growth is former midfielder Mata.

Speaking on the players’ ascent to the club’s official website, he declared, “[I’m] very [impressed.” Since I knew Alejandro, I am aware of his abilities.

“He was already showing signs of how good he could be. I think this season he made a step forward. He’s more consistent. He’s performing at a very high level, almost week in, week out, scoring incredible goals.

“I’m very happy for him, for his family too. He deserves it.”

The Argentinian was briefly a team mate of the Spaniard as Garnacho actually made his debut in Mata’s penultimate game for the Red Devils against Chelsea in 2022.

One player he would have probably been less aware of is Mainoo, although he has not been any less impressed by the Englishman.

“I’m really impressed with Kobbie. Of course I haven’t seen much of him before, but he looks like he’s been playing for the club for longer than [he has].

“[In his] first games for United he already looks so mature. He looks like a player. With the ball, without the ball [he’s] focused. [He’s got a] bright future ahead.”

Mata also spoke of the positive impression the Stockport native has made on the rest of the squad and claimed that his current captain only had positive things to say about him as a human being.

“Bruno [Fernandes] tells me he’s also a great kid. He listens. He wants to learn. He’s humble. So, he has everything to succeed.”

Even though both players’ recent form has declined, it is understandable given the enormous number of games they have both been asked to play this season.

On May 25 at Wembley, the teenagers will be trying to win their first senior career trophy, and if Erik ten Hag’s team is successful, it stands to reason that both starlets will be crucial to their success.

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