Sunday 21 January 2018

Reports: One Manchester United youngster has been far from humiliated by Jose Mourinho

Tim Fosu-Mensah made his Manchester United bow on Sunday
Tim Fosu-Mensah made his Manchester United bow on Sunday

Tom Rooney

True to previous form, Jose Mourinho has shown a number of Manchester United youngsters the door this summer, but one promising teenager on the books at Old Trafford will reportedly be going nowhere for the foreseeable future.

Earlier today it was announced that home grown defenders Paddy McNair and Donald Love had been sold by the Manchester club to David Moyes’ Sunderland, with Adnan Januzaj expected to follow them on loan to the Stadium of Light in the coming days.

This takes the tally of United players to have been let go to varying degrees over the summer to 11, all but one of whom are tyros, Victor Valdes.

Many of the United faithful and, indeed, their board, have sceptically received Mourinho’s arrival for this very reason.

Accompanied by dubious fact sheets, the Portuguese has balked at the notion that he has neglected the development of young players throughout his career.

Well, the hotly heralded Tim Fosu-Mensah has, according to the, committed to a new long term deal.

The 18-year-old Holland native arrived from Ajax in 2014 and, in a variety of United’s youth teams, impressed with his dynamism and versatility.

Handed his senior debut by Louis van Gaal against Arsenal last February, Fosu-Mensah is equally comfortable at right back, centre half and as a box-to-box midfielder, though it is felt his long term future will be in the latter position.

He made a total of 10 appearances in last season’s turgid campaign.

Many Mourinho detractors agitated when the Dutchman was left out of the United squad for the friendly win over Galatasaray in Gothenburg, though it transpired he was carrying a knock.

He was previously included in the touring party for the calamitous jaunt to China.

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