Willy Kambwala can hold head high after impressive Man United debut despite defeat

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Willy Kambwala looked like a senior Man United player during their 2-0 defeat to West Ham United.

Manchester United found themselves on the end of the wrong result again this weekend. A 2-0 defeat to West Ham United was probably warranted, despite the fact the Red Devils were the better team in the first 45 minutes.

It was the same old story. A lack of chance creation, coupled with poor finishing when in good positions, meant the Reds didn’t score for their third outing in their last four matches. When you’ve spent such vast sums of money on attacking players, that’s just not good enough.

Defensively, United were pretty decent yesterday. One goal came from a moment of Lucas Paqueta brilliance, while the other was a silly individual mistake by Kobbie Mainoo. It happens.

The defeat felt harsh on Willy Kambwala, our teenage debutant who partnered Jonny Evans at the heart of defence. The young man, tall in stature and confidence, was probably our best player on the day. His bravery on the ball, keenness to defend and overall ability was there for all to see.


This didn’t look like a player thrust into a United side too early. Rather, he looked right at home in the side and I really do hope this is a sign of things to come for Kambwala.

From minute one, he looked assured on the ball. He wasn’t phased when pressed by the opposing attacker, he also didn’t mind carrying the possession forward if offered the space by the West Ham players. It was a real mature display, particularly with ball at feet.

Defensively, Kambwala would not be beaten. It was always going to be a tough afternoon against West Ham’s dynamic attackers, but he dealt with their threat well from an individual perspective. He’d win tackles, headers and positionally he was really solid.

Perhaps it’s that exuberance of youth. Maybe it’s the fact he hasn’t yet spent enough time with the senior dressing room to be brought down to their confidence level, but Kambwala looked really assured on Saturday and I hope Ten Hag stays true to form and continues to give him the minutes he play deserved.

The man from DR Congo should be proud of himself. Yes, it wasn’t the result he’d have liked on his full debut, but Kambwala can look back fondly on a successful game from an individual standpoint. It shouldn’t be up to these kids, like Kambwala and Mainoo to lead the way, but right now, that’s exactly what they’re doing.

United should take note of their attitude and intensity levels, giving more academy players a chance. You know the fans would get fully behind them, while the senior players could learn some things from these guys given the way things are going. It’s a tough decision for Ten Hag to make, particularly with his job potentially at risk, but to me, it feels like a no-brainer to keep the faith in Kambwala right now.

Do you think Erik ten Hag should keep the faith with Willy Kambwala? Let us know your thoughts in the comment box below.

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