‘That’s a big shout’ – Gary Lineker makes Jude Bellingham claim when asked about Man United’s Kobbie Mainoo


Match of the Day host Gary Lineker believes the “sky is the limit” for Manchester United youngster Kobbie Mainoo, comparing him to Real Madrid sensation Jude Bellingham.

Mainoo was on target in United’s 2-1 win over rivals Manchester City in Saturday’s FA Cup final at Wembley. He netted his side’s second goal of the game, finishing off an excellent team move.

It marked another special moment in the 19-year-old’s development. He has developed at a rapid rate of knots this season and is in contention to make England’s final squad for the European Championship this summer.

Mainoo made his England debut in March and linked up with Bellingham in midfield. Many have suggested they could join forces in the engine room in Germany this summer.

And for Lineker, the United youngster’s confidence reminds him of Bellingham, who is still widely regarded as the most exciting youngster in the world.

“The sky is the limit, I think,” said Lineker, addressing Mainoo’s potential on The Rest is Footballpodcast. “I’m impressed with his remarkable maturity, his confidence. I think he knows how good he is.

“He reminds me in that sense of Bellingham. I know that’s a big shout, but he’s two years younger.

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