Mainoo reached out to the man’s family (Picture: Getty)
United fan Daniel Killeen lost his father Vincent on Sunday after a battle with cancer. Writing on social media, he explained the two had watched one final United game together from his hospital bed as Erik ten Hag’s side secured a dramatic 4-3 win over Wolves last Thursday with Mainoo scoring the last-gasp winner.
‘I had never willed United to score more than that moment and then Kobbie Mainoo steps up with an amazing winner,’ Daniel wrote. ‘Seeing Dad’s arm in the air, a smile on his face and declaring “that’s why you watch United.”
‘I know football should be about winning trophies, but you will never score a more important goal for our family Kobbie. You are already a hero in our household and you are now my seven-year-old’s favourite player.
‘Thank you for a truly brilliant and special moment. I am sure your career will bring many of them.’
Daniel’s social media post went viral with former United defender Rio Ferdinand promising to pass his message onto the club.
On Tuesday night, Mainoo reached out to the Killeen family, offering his condolences and inviting them to watch a game at Old Trafford.
In a heart-warming video, the 18-year-old said: ‘Hi Daniel, Kobbie here. I saw your message on Twitter and was really touched by your story.
‘I’m really sorry about the passing of your father. I’m glad you could share such a special moment together, and I could play a small part in that.
‘I wanted to invite you and your son to a game soon at Old Trafford. So we’ll get in touch and get everything sorted.
‘Stay strong and I’ll see you soon.’
Mainoo has enjoyed a remarkable rise since breaking into the first-team under Erik ten Hag in October, having recovered from an ankle injury suffered in the summer.
The teenager is already regarded as an important first-team player, scoring his first goal for the club in the FA Cup victory over Newport County before hitting the target in United’s next game with a sensational solo effort against Wolves.
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