An insight into the far-reaching consequences of Manchester United starlet Kobbie Mainoo’s injury has been provided on Friday evening.
For those who may have missed it, an update on the wellbeing of midfield prodigy Mainoo was forthcoming earlier today.
After the 18-year-old - fresh off successive pre-season starts - was forced into a departure just minutes into United’s friendly meeting with Real Madrid during the week, panic soon began to set in.
This came upon Mainoo being spotted departing NRG Stadium on crutches:
In turn, it perhaps should not have come as a major surprise when confirmation was forthcoming on Saturday morning that the English youth international is set for an incoming spell on the sidelines.
As per an official statement across the Red Devils’ website and social media platforms:
‘Manchester United can confirm that Kobbie Mainoo suffered an ankle injury during the match against Real Madrid on Tour 2023.
‘The midfielder is expected to be ruled out for the first part of the 2023/24 season.’
So, what does Mainoo’s injury mean for the transfer plans of the powers that be at Old Trafford.
Well, an insight into precisely that has been forthcoming on Friday, courtesy of the reliable James Ducker of The Telegraph.
It is understood that Manchester United still have every intention of shifting both Fred and Donny van de Beek off their books this summer.
However, a ‘rethink’ may be in store regarding Scott McTominay, with the Red Devils youth product, previously considered as being up for sale, potentially set to stay put to maintain sufficient depth in Erik ten Hag’s midfield ranks.