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Kobbie Mainoo 'set to double Manchester United wages'

Kobbie Mainoo 'set to double Man United wages'
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Manchester United midfielder Kobbie Mainoo is reportedly set to double his wages at Old Trafford on account of becoming a first-team regular for Erik ten Hag.

Manchester United midfielder Kobbie Mainoo is reportedly set to double his wages at Old Trafford following his first-team breakthrough.

The 18-year-old is regarded as one of the brightest prospects in the Red Devils' setup but was denied the chance to make an impression in the early stages of the 2023-24 campaign due to an ankle injury sustained in pre-season.

Mainoo took months to recover from the affliction, but the teenager has since exited the treatment room and was trusted by Erik ten Hag from the first whistle in last weekend's 3-0 Premier League win over Everton.

Mainoo - who made his debut for the Red Devils against Charlton Athletic in a January EFL Cup clash - received high praise for a performance well beyond his years and was then brought off the bench for his Champions League debut against Galatasaray a few days later.

Sofyan Amrabat was given the nod in Europe instead of Mainoo, but the Fiorentina loanee was overlooked for the youngster in Saturday's trip to Newcastle United, where the Red Devils fell to a 1-0 defeat.

Everton's Dominic Calvert-Lewin in action with Manchester United's Kobbie Mainoo on November 26, 2023© Reuters

Amid Man United's indifferent form on the field and protracted takeover saga, Mainoo has been a shining light for the 20-time English champions, and his rapid rise is now set to be rewarded.

According to the Daily Star, Mainoo is currently on a modest £10,000 per week at the Theatre of Dreams, but his salary will soon double to £20,000 per week owing to a clause in his contract.

Back in February, the Red Devils tied the 2005-born lynchpin down to a new long-term deal until the end of the 2026-27 campaign, with the option of an additional 12 months.

Rather than Man United agreeing another fresh deal with Mainoo, the midfielder's existing terms apparently include a clause stipulating that his wages will double in size once he becomes a first-team regular.

The report adds that Mainoo's salary increase has not been triggered just yet, but he is "close" to taking home an extra £10,000 per week, and he would already be on a higher wage had he not spent a couple of months in the treatment room.

Manchester United's Kobbie Mainoo pictured on January 28, 2023© Reuters

The 18-year-old - who has been with the club since the age of nine - completed 80 minutes of Saturday's showdown with Newcastle, which was his sixth first-team appearance for the Red Devils.

However, Mainoo and his Man United teammates were run ragged by Newcastle, who deservedly picked up a 1-0 win in freezing temperatures thanks to a second-half Anthony Gordon goal.

Having also been beaten by the Magpies in this year's EFL Cup and a 2-0 loss at St James' Park in the 2022-23 Premier League, Man United have now suffered three successive defeats to Newcastle in all competitions for the first time since January 1922.

The Red Devils' sixth league loss of the season has bumped them down to seventh place in the Premier League table, and the visit of Chelsea to Old Trafford is next up for Ten Hag's troops on Wednesday.

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