Man Utd hit jackpot by selling ‘lazy’ guy worth as much as Mainoo

Manchester United have not had the best of seasons this year, with their Champions League campaign which ended in misery and qualification for next year’s edition looks a little tricky at the moment.

There were, however, some positives, such as the victory against Liverpool in FA Cup and the emergence of Kobbie Mainoo.

The incredibly talented youngster has looked unreal for the Red Devils this season, and his valuation has skyrocketed because of it.


In fact, the academy gem is already worth as much money as a player the club sold in 2019, a sale that has since looked like a stroke of genius.

The valuation of Kobbie Mainoo this season

Mainoo made his debut for United last season, but with a total of just 87 minutes in three appearancesit did not attract the attention of the general football public.

Kobbie Mainoo’s full debut for Manchester United

Manchester United 3-0 Charlton Athletic: January 2023

GK – Tom Heaton

RB – Diogo Dalot

CB-Harry Maguire

CB – Lisandro Martínez

LB – Tyrell Malacia

CM – Fred

CM – Scott McTominay

RM – Antoine

CAM – Kobbie Mainoo

LM – Alejandro Garnacho

ST – Anthony Elanga

It’s been a completely different story for the young Englishman this year. He has played 1417 minutes in first team action over the course of 20 games, and he didn’t just make up the numbers; he prospered.

Ten Hag have primarily used the 18-year-old as a central and defensive midfielder, meaning his two-goal return is to be expected. However, what was definitely not expected, at least from those who didn’t know him, was how calm he is.

For example, the Liverpool clash on Sunday was arguably the Red Devils’ biggest game of the season and yet the Stockport-born gem seemed completely unfazed by it all, calmly going about his business as if it were in his 230th match for the club and not his 23rd.

Erik ten Hag highlighted this incredibly impressive aspect of his game earlier in the season he said“He is very talented. He has to work hard, but he looks very calm. He is very mature for his age. What he brings to the team is his composure and his understanding of the game .”


The right-footed gem seems destined for big things in the game, and his recent call-up to England and the surge in valuations bears witness to this.

The values ​​of the CIES Football Observatory the youngster at around €30m or £26mwhich is remarkable given its age and happens to be the same valuation given to a former Red Devil sold at the right time in 2019.

The valuation of Romelu Lukaku this season

The player in question is a Belgian international Romelu Lukakuwho, after signing for Inter Milan from United in August 2019 worth around £73 millionhas had an interesting career, to put it diplomatically.


The Antwerp poacher return of 42 goals and 13 assists in 96 games for the Red Devils was pretty reasonable, but his production of 64 goals and 16 assists in just 95 games for the Nerazzurri in the 2019/2020 and 2020/21 seasons was simply outrageous.

In fact, his form was so electric over those two years that his former club, Chelsea, opted to break his transfer record – at the time – and spending a whopping £97.5 million to bring it to Stamford Bridge in August 2021.

Despite a reasonably good start to the season for the Blues and goals scored three goals in his first three During the championship games, the wheels quickly began to fall off. In December he agreed poor maintenance with Sky Italia, in which he complained about life at Stamford Bridge, criticized Thomas Tuchel and talked about his desire to return to San Siro, and that was it.

With a rather disappointing return of only 15 goals and two assists in 44 appearances in west London and its badly burned bridges, he joined Inter on loan for the following season.


His second stint with the blue and black half of Milan wasn’t as prolific as the first, but 14 goals and seven assists in 37 games, that was still pretty impressive considering everything he had been through the previous season.

However, at the end of the season it was revealed that he had spoken to Juventus over a potential transfer the following year, which, given the huge rivalry between the two clubs, was a huge problem. Inter fans then aggressively turned his back on the 30-year-old, and he had to scramble to find a new team to join after the Old Lady also cooled their interest following fan pressure.

Fortunately for him, José Mourinho AS Roma decided to try their luck on him, and so far it has worked for all parties involved. In his 37 appearances, he scored 18 goals and delivered four assists.

However, he only scored ten league goals and faced criticism from former Juve star Angelo di Livio for being “lazy”. So he still seems far from the striker who tore Inter apart a few years ago.

In total, this rapid fall from grace saw the Value of international at 113 capitalizations fall just as quickly, with the CIES Football Observatory now setting the price of former United ace for just €30mor £26 million, which is equivalent to Mainoo, who is 12 years his junior.


Man Utd must cash in on Mourinho signing worth less than Mainoo

The talented international has never been entirely comfortable in Manchester.

Ultimately, Lukaku is still a top footballer and appears to be back on his feet at Roma, but recent years of disappointment and controversy make United’s decision to sell him for £73m in 2019 look like to a stroke of genius.

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