Manchester United young Kobi Maino almost joined the blue team of Manchester City before joining the Red Devils’ academy.
The Englishman was a key player in the United side that won the FA Youth Cup last year.
A few months later, Eric ten Haag gave Mayne his first-team debut, who said the player deserved his chance.
United staff hold Maina in high regard, considering him one of the best in his age group in the academy. According to The Manchester Evening News, United have also been impressed by Mainu’s desire to improve, as well as his speech.
MEN reports: “Mainoo is not only an outstanding prospect but also a likable young man. Sources at the club have indicated that he is a very calm character who takes everything in stride and it is thought that staff will be surprised if he gets ahead of himself.
“He’s been set up by his parents and has landed firmly on his feet since his first-team debut.”
The MEN reports that before he joined United’s academy at the age of nine, Mainu and his family were looking for a team in Manchester that would challenge the player and contribute to his development.
That search began on the recommendation of Steve Ware, who coached the United player during his time at Cheadle and Gatley.
Vare spoke to the MEN and said that Cheadle and Gatley soon proved too easy for Mainu, who was consistently the best player even among players older than him.
Mainoo then joined Failsworth Dynamos where he consistently played above his age.
Ian Kelly, who coached the 17-year-old at Failsworth Dynamo, told the MEN: “He went to United’s academy at under-8 level, obviously still unsigned playing for Failsworth, and you had to get him. switch again after playing there. His cares eventually developed and he was strong, small and stocky.
Failsworth Dynamo played three games against Manchester City. They have drawn two and lost one. The City manager noticed that they were given a game unlike anything they had seen in the past.
At the time, Mainoo attracted the attention of scouts and he was faced with a choice between Manchester United and City. He went to both academies for a while, but in the end he made the right decision and chose the Red Devils.