Manchester United’s Timothy Fosu-Mensah shines for under-18s

Manchester United made a lot of signings in the summer, but the lowest profile player could turn out to be one of the best.

Timothy Fosu-Mensah arrived at Manchester United in a summer when a low-key arrival such as his was easily forgotten in the whirlwind that saw the likes of Radamel Falcao and Angel Di Maria sign for the club.

But forgetting about the 16-year-old centre-back would be foolish in the extreme, given that the Dutch teenager is one of the most highly-rated youngsters in his homeland.

Fosu-Mensah signed for United from Ajax in September and had to wait until midway through November to make his debut having finally received international clearance.

His first appearance was in a defeat for United’s under-18s against their Everton counterparts, and his performance spoke of a player who needed time to regain his form and get used to his new surroundings.

Not that the teenager played badly, but those who had watched him develop knew he could do a whole lot better, and he continues to improve, playing his part in United’s under-18’s 0-0 draw with Liverpool on Friday.

Fosu-Mensah played in defence for his side and helped them keep a clean-sheet, showing glimpses of the player he is tipped to become.

There are suggestions he could ultimately become a defensive midfielder rather than a centre-back but wherever he ends up, it appears United have signed a very promising player who manager Louis van Gaal would have kept a very close eye on during his time as Netherlands coach.

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