Timothy Fosu-Mensah has enjoyed a strong start to his Manchester United career since joining from Ajax in the summer.
Only 16 when he joined, Fosu-Mensah impressed in his early appearances with the U18s after his international clearance was granted and continued that good form into the Mercedes Benz Junior Cup.
Alongside the U19s, Fosu-Mensah helped United win the MBJC for the first time and in the six-a-side tournament, his versatility was really on show.
But it was last night in the U18s FA Youth Cup Fourth Round victory over Hull City where Fosu-Mensah put in arguably his best performance yet for United and in front of an onlooking Louis van Gaal, he couldn’t have chosen a better time to do it.
The now 17-year-old Mensah showed a little bit of everything against a Hull City side who struggled to contain him; a great passing range, vision, awareness, defensive nous, tackling, pace, strength, shooting and heading. You name it, Fosu Mensah wasn’t afraid to get involved with it.
After the game, he earned praise from U18s coach Paul McGuinness for his performance: “Our defence is strong, quick and compliment eachother well. Fosu-Mensah covers the ground well and is a good defensive shield.”
Equally as accomplished as a central defender or defensive minded central midfielder, Fosu-Mensah’s versatility is his greatest asset at this age. He might have got two assists last night but he was also making perfectly timed sliding tackles on the edge of his own box at points as well. He thrived on the space provided by the bigger pitch at Old Trafford and looked a cut above the players around him.
It’s still early doors for Fosu-Mensah but don’t be surprised to see him make his debut with the U21s before the end of the season.