Man United’s Kobbie Mainoo hails Erik ten Hag stay

Kobbie Mainoo has said confirmation Erik ten Hag will stay on as Manchester United manager gives players “peace of mind” and is targeting more trophies under the Dutchman next season.

United ended months of speculation last week when deciding to retain Ten Hag following an end of season review, held in the days after beating Manchester City to win the FA Cup and finish a turbulent campaign on a high.

Ten Hag has since admitted the club have told him they spoke with former Bayern Munich and Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel while United also considered moves for England boss Gareth Southgate, Mauricio Pochettino and Thomas Frank among others before keeping faith with the 54-year-old.

Mainoo only made his full Premier League debut in November and his senior England debut in March but was rewarded for a fine season by making Southgate’s final 26 for Euro 2024.

Asked to react to Ten Hag staying, Mainoo told a news conference on Tuesday: “Obviously happy to be building with him, he’s already got two trophies so hopefully there is more to come. It is nice to have that peace of mind that we know which manager we are going back to next season.

“I’m so grateful to him that he put so much trust in me and believed in me to play in the team and I can’t thank him enough.”

Mainoo’s next chance to play for England will be on Thursday against Denmark where a win will confirm them a place in the Euro 2024 knockout stages.