Manchester United coach Paul McGuinness has revealed that he is looking forward to seeing Timothy Fosu-Mensah in action for the club’s youth set up, following the defender’s move from Ajax.
Amidst the arrivals of Radamel Falcao and Angel Di Maria, Fosu-Mensah’s transfer to United slipped relatively under the radar, with the highly-rated 16-year-old slotting into the club’s academy.
However McGuinness, who is in charge of United’s U18 side, has claimed that he is excited to see the latest addition to his squad in action, despite the fact that the player is still awaiting international clearance, as relayed by the club's official website.
"Timothy is still waiting for international clearance but he looks a really mature and talented player. He covers the ground well and I think he can make a big impact at our level. He can play in a number of positions - centre-back, midfield or full-back, so I think he's another good, adaptable and highly-talented player."
He may not be at the centre of the buzz at Old Trafford, but there’s most certainly excitement surrounding Fosu-Mensah’s potential. The young centre-back is tipped to become a top talent in years to come and, following the changing of the guard instigated by the departures of Patrice Evra, Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand, he could become exactly what’s needed for Van Gaal.
The defensive issues
For at the moment United have looked far from secure at the back, with Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and Jonny Evans not deemed suitable to occupy their mantle of being the most experienced centre-backs on the books. Academy graduates Tyler Blackett and Paddy McNair have both featured at various stages during the opening phase of this season, with the former having been trusted to start by Van Gaal and the latter introduced due to injury woes.
Throughout the summer the club tried to no avail to convince some of Europe’s most senior defenders to join their cause, with moves for Mats Hummels, Thomas Vermaelen and Mehdi Benatia ultimately going awry.
Fosu Mensah potential
As such strong options are scarce, and though Fosu-Mensah isn’t a player for the here and now, he does offer hope that within a few years United will boast top quality defenders once more.
By McGuinness’s own estimations the youngster is a supremely gifted player, and the fact that he was lauded so often in his native Holland is testament to the level of expectancy his career is carrying.
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