Man Utd ‘set to bring wonderkid Kobbie Mainoo into squad for Arsenal clash’ as Erik ten Hag looks to replace Casemiro
MANCHESTER UNITED are set to bring youngster Kobbie Mainoo into the squad for the trip to Arsenal with Casemiro suspended.
Erik ten Hag has a spot to fill after the Brazilian midfielder picked up his fifth booking of the season in the draw to Crystal Palace, resulting in a one-match ban.
Mainoo, 17, looks set to be named on the bench with Scott McTominay and Fred coming into the starting XI, according to Manchester Evening News.
It will not be the first time the teenager has been involved in a Premier League matchday squad, having been an unused substitute versus Newcastle, Wolves and Manchester City.
Mainoo is a central midfielder and he has played just once before for Man Utd, starting in the Carabao Cup win over Charlton earlier this year.
He joined the club when he was just nine-years-old and he is viewed as wonderkid by the Red Devils.
Mainoo played a key role in United’s FA Youth Cup win last season and he has also been capped twice for England’s Under-18 team.
Reports suggest McTominay and Fred could both start alongside Christian Eriksen in midfield against Arsenal.
This could mean that Bruno Fernandes takes up a role on the right-wing.
Diogo Dalot and Anthony Martial are supposedly not in the squad as both continue their recoveries from injury issues.
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Therefore, Aaron Wan-Bissaka looks set to remain at right-back and Wout Weghorst may start again up front.
A win for United today could take them within five points of league leaders Arsenal.
And Ten Hag’s men should have much confidence as they are the only team to beat the Gunners in the league this season, winning the clash at Old Trafford back in September 3-1.
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