On Monday night, Valenciennes picked up a much-needed point against Ligue 2 leaders Troyes, with Angelo Fulgini helping keep the away side at bay.

Manchester United have recently been linked – by the Mirror – with French defender Angelo Fulgini. The 18-year-old made his ninth straight start for Ligue 2 side Valenciennes on Monday night, and was very active as the club held league leaders Troyes to a 1-1 draw.

Fulgini is a France Under-19 international and has made his breakthrough into the first-team this season. Valenciennes may be struggling at the bottom end of the table, but the young defender has been impressive since his debut in January.

The northern club started Monday’s game only three points off the drop zone, taking on a Troyes side five points clear at the top of the table. It was never going to be an easy task.

Although they had to hold on for the last 30 minutes, Valenciennes deserved their 1-1 draw in a game that saw them take the lead after just 11 minutes when Yunis Abdelhamid headed home from Opa N’Guette’s corner.

The lead lasted up until the 61st minute when Mathieu Saunier was fortunate to be unmarked at the back post after Pape Abdou Camara deflected a corner towards his own goal.

After equalising, Troyes laid siege to Valenciennes’ goal, but the relegation threatened side held firm and picked up a huge point in their struggle for safety.

Fulgini had a fairly good game, although he picked up his second booking of the season for a rash challenge. He read the game well and quite often stopped attacks coming down the right flank.

The young defender always looked to get forward despite facing a tough match against Troyes. He is not afraid to put in a tackle and used his positioning skills to try and spark an attack after making interceptions.

He is still only 18 though, so a few times he was a little too keen to get out and make a tackle, and was pulled out of position.

What you can see though, is that he tries to keep the game simple, doesn’t look to try too much and even when under pressure from a number of attackers, he doesn’t tend to panic.

It is far too early to say that the defender can make the step up to Manchester United’s first-team, he needs more game time to develop, but his performance on Monday shows why clubs like Manchester United and Barcelona are already said to be showing interest.

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