Timothy Fosu-Mensah is set to continue his recovery process over the summer, despite returning to the squad in time for the Europa League final.
The Dutchman, who broke into the first team back in February 2015, sustained a dislocated shoulder during Manchester United’s 0-0 draw with Manchester City last month.
He opted for an operation on his shoulder in order to recover in time for Man United’s 2-0 win over Ajax in Stockholm, and even played a full 90 minutes against Crystal Palace three days before.
But the 19-year-old, speaking to the club’s official website, has insisted he will need to focus on strengthening his shoulder whilst his teammates embark on luxurious holidays over the next few weeks.
“I still need to book them [his holidays] but the most important thing is to work on my shoulder and get it stronger,” he said.
“The physios worked hard and I decided not to have an operation because of the final. We did a good job with the physios working hard on it and that’s what we’re going to do in the summer too.”
Injuries are anathema to any professional footballer: deprived on doing what you love, probably in some form of pain, whilst your teammates have the chance to push you further down the pecking order.
But Fosu-Mensah, clearly weary of this, has done everything to throw himself back into the fray as soon as possible and concomitantly demonstrates a mindset that Jose Mourinho, no doubt, will admire and remember heading into pre-season.