Victor Lindelof names two Man Utd young stars who have 'great future'

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Manchester United's academy graduates have been bright sparks in an otherwise underwhelming season.

Victor Lindelof is predicting bright futures for Manchester United pair Willy Kambwala and Kobbie Mainoo after their respective first-team breakthroughs this season.

Kambwala has proven more than capable of slotting into United's back-line since making his senior debut against West Ham in December. A beneficiary of injury woes elsewhere, the 21-year-old has been called upon in huge games including the Boxing Day win against Aston Villa and the Manchester derby earlier this month.

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Mainoo's first Premier League appearance came at Everton in November and the midfielder has been almost ever-present since, having quickly become one of Erik ten Hag's most trusted options. He and Kambwala have typified the optimism of United's young prospects and Lindelof has urged the pair to keep learning and expressing their talent on the pitch.

“Well, I think he’s a great talent, obviously very young, but I think he's got a great future ahead of him,” Lindelof told MUTV of Kambwala. “And I think when it comes to players like that, it's just, you know, talking to them and making them understand what they have to do. 

“Obviously you reach this level now, but when you get to this level, then this is when the real hard work begins. He's a very, very good guy and he's got the right mentality. So I'm not really worried about that. I think he's got a great future ahead of him. 

“[Mainoo] is a fantastic player and a very, very smart young player. He's got the right mentality and the same there - I think the best thing for him is just stay calm, listen to the older players and try to learn as much as possible and pick up a few things. But then as well, just be yourself and express yourself on the pitch. 

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“That's the most important thing. And that's why he's at this stage as well, because he's done that throughout his career so far, and I think it's super important as well to just let him develop naturally. Obviously, he's very, very young, but if he can just keep doing the things he's doing on the pitch right now, I think he's going to be a fantastic, fantastic player in the future as well."

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