Manchester United finally have the perfect player to test Roy Keane’s Casemiro theory

Alejandro Garnacho wowed and silenced Goodison Park with a sensational overhead kick that paved the way for victory over Everton on Sunday afternoon. He scored again in the Champions League draw with Galatasaray on Wednesday night. However, it is the emergence of another Academy starlet that really had Keane purring in the TV studio last weekend.

Renowned as a hard-nosed midfielder in his playing days, Keane needs no introduction at Old Trafford for his vast achievements in the famous red shirt. The ever-popular Irishman has been equally no nonsense since picking up the microphone and often reserves his sharper-tongued rants for his old employers.

Given the club&aposs well-documented woes since Sir Alex Ferguson retired, Keane has seldom been given reason for optimism and very few players get his seal of approval. However, the 52-year-old, and United supporters, are raving about the new kid on the block.

“Unbelievable, I don&apost want to get too carried away, but I&aposm sure we will,” said Keane as he hailed teenage Kobbie Mainoo after his Premier League debut at Everton. That opening sentence pretty much said it all.

“What an all-round performance. I know the club thinks highly of him. He was outstanding and it&aposs a great start for him. Let&aposs hope he stays injury-free and gets a run of games, because he looked like a Manchester United-type player. Nice and brave, a lot of courage, I loved watching him.”

While there will be bumps in the road for Mainoo as he learns his trade, he oozed class from the first touch to his last against Everton and could finally be the man to solve long-standing problems in the engine room. He may also be given fresh license when Casemiro returns.

Speaking previously about the Brazilian powerhouse – who has been somewhat off the pace when he has featured this term – Keane added: “He&aposs a huge player for them. Sometimes you realise how good a player is when he&aposs not in the team.