Unsung hero from Man United win vs Aston Villa decided the game with three touches of the ball
Manchester United youngster Kobbie Mainoo can do no wrong at the moment and his role in the winning goal against Aston Villa on Sunday has gone under the radar.
Scott McTominay's name dominated headlines and Diogo Dalot won praise for his perfectly weighted cross, which he struck first time, into the box, but the goal wouldn't have happened without Mainoo retaining possession against the odds just seconds earlier.
Casemiro played a speculative pass forward and Mainoo held his run, only to find himself in between Douglas Luiz and Jacob Ramsey, and what he did next was superb.
Mainoo's first touch brought him toward the goal and, in that scenario, most players would attempt to attack the byline and play a cross into the box themselves.
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Douglas Luiz is one of the Premier League's best midfielders. His preference was to tempt Mainoo into taking the ball around him and at worst, he could have sent it for a corner.
Mainoo was unlikely to succeed due to Douglas Luiz's positioning and Ramsey was closing in behind him, which meant the Aston Villa pair seemed to have the danger covered.
The youngster was aware he'd struggle to beat Douglas Luiz and immediately took a second touch to turn back inside where he knew one of his teammates would be waiting.
His third touch was to execute the turn and Ramsey charged him down. The ball might have taken a slight deflection - the replays are inconclusive - but it found its way to Dalot.
What happened next won the game for United, as Dalot played a cross that David Beckham would have been proud of and McTominay fired his header into the back of the net.
Dalot and McTominay