Versatile Man Utd man agrees ‘in principle’ to new long-term deal

Date published: Friday 12th August 2016 9:36

TImothy Fosu-Mensah: Defender penned new deal

Timothy Fosu-Mensah has agreed in principle to a new long-term deal with Manchester United, according to the Daily Mail.

The report suggests that the talented young defender has received assurance that he is firmly in the plans of new manager Jose Mourinho, and as a result is ready to put pen to paper on a new four-year deal.

The 18-year-old broke into the first team in February after making his debut in a 3-2 win over Arsenal at Old Trafford.

The former-Ajax man is expected to play understudy to Antonio Valencia at right-back this season, and will follow fellow academy graduates Marcus Rashford and Cameron Borthwick-Jackson by penning a new contract.

The Holland youth international impressed during his time under Louis van Gaal and admitted that his versatility is a big factor in being given regular opportunities.

“It’s a difficult question,” Fosu-Mensah told in April when asked what his best position is.

“I think I’ll just be keeping my options open. Centre-back or midfield, I think that is the most chance. However, as I’ve said before, wherever the manager wants me, I will play there.

“I had the pre-season with the Under-21s. Warren Joyce helped me very much, particularly in the aspects I was not so good at. He helped me on it and tried to make me a better player. I’m happy he has been able to do that. I played no.10 in pre-season and scored a goal from there as well so I was very happy!

“I think that experience helped me. As an attacking midfielder, you come into positions where you have to think and think as an attacking player as well. When you go back to being a defender, it helps you think how attackers think – about where they’re moving to and what they have to do before they receive the ball. So it definitely helps your game when you play in other positions.

“When you’re young, it’s important you can play in as many positions as you can so, wherever the manager wants you to play, you have more experience in every role.”

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