Rasmus Hojlund reveals what Man Utd players were saying about Kobbie Mainoo all summer

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Kobbie Mainoo was the hero again on Thursday as Manchester United got their first Premier League win of 2024.

Manchester United players were describing Kobbie Mainoo as a 'generational talent' when Rasmus Hojlund first arrived in the summer.

Mainoo was the hero at Molineux on Thursday night, scoring an excellent 97th-minute winner in the dramatic 4-3 win over Wolves. The 18-year-old weaved his way through a packed defence before curling past Jose Sa, sending the away end into rapture and snatching victory from the Midlands after United threw away a comfortable lead.

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It's the latest moment in an outstanding campaign for the midfielder, who only made his Premier League debut in the 3-0 win against Everton in November. But while Mainoo's rise to prominence has surprised outsiders, those who see the youngster in training seemingly knew all along.

"All the lads were speaking about Kobbie Mainoo in the summer when I first joined," Hojlund admitted after full-time. "All of them in the dressing room were always saying that he's a generational talent."

Since making his top-flight debut at Goodison Park, Mainoo has gone from strength to strength at United, filling in for the injured Casemiro for long periods and often being preferred to on-loan Sofyan Amrabat. The teenager netted his first senior goal in last week's FA Cup win at Newport County and followed it up in sensational fashion on Thursday.

His goal capped off a mad game at Molineux in which United twice threw away two goal leads before eventually winning it. Hojlund set up Marcus Rashford inside five minutes to open the scoring and silence doubters after a week of off-pitch headlines.

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Hojlund then netted his third Premier League goal of the season with a scrappy close-range finish, but Pablo Sarabia pulled one back in the 71st-minute and set the scene for a dramatic finish. Scott McTominay made it 3-1 almost instantly after coming off the bench but Wolves rallied again with Max Kilman finding the net and then Pedro Neto making it 3-3 in the 95th minute.

Mainoo settled it even later into added-time to hand United their first Premier League win of 2024, in what is only their second game in the competition so far. The Reds climbed up to seventh place with the three points ahead of hosting West Ham on Sunday.

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