Sunday 17 December 2017

Manchester United defender Timothy Fosu-Mensah joins Crystal Palace on loan

Mark Mann-Bryans

Crystal Palace have announced the season-long loan signing of Manchester United's Holland Under-21 international defender Timothy Fosu-Mensah.

The 19-year-old will link up with new Eagles boss and compatriot Frank de Boer ahead of the new Premier League season.

Fosu-Mensah is highly regarded by United manager Jose Mourinho and was handed a new contract in October.

The former Ajax youngster has made 21 senior appearances for the Red Devils and was an unused substitute in their 2-0 Europa League final win over the Eredivise giants in May.

But now Fosu-Mensah will turn out at Selhurst Park and the versatile defender, who can also operate in midfield, is hoping to learn plenty from his time in south London.

"The manager spoke to me about coming down to join Crystal Palace and it was clear that he wanted me to be part of his squad, which as a player gives you a great feeling straight away." he told cpfc.co.uk.

"I must now repay that back by putting in some good performances for the club. I am only 19 years old and still have a lot to learn and therefore getting the opportunity to play more games on a regular basis will help my development."

Palace begin their season at home to newly-promoted Huddersfield on Saturday with de Boer pleased to have landed another new recruit.

"Timothy is a player who has great pace and incredible physical ability," he said.

"In today's game you need players with strength and speed and he is a player who can also play in midfield. I am seeing him in our system as a right centre back but he can also play full back in a 4-3-3."

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