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Jose Mourinho rates Timothy Fosu-Mensah as highly as Marcus Rashford

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Marcus Rashford grabbed all of the headlines for his introduction to senior football last season, however, he wasn't the only youngster to make a positive impression under Louis van Gaal.

Timothy Fosu-Mensah looked fearless deputising for the injured Antonio Valencia and Matteo Darmian in each of his ten appearances at right-back last term.

Valencia's return to fitness has meant opportunities in the first team have been harder to come by since Jose Mourinho replaced Van Gaal in the summer.

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Nevertheless, the young Dutchman still has a very bright future at Old Trafford.

He signed a new four-year contract at the club yesterday - a deal that appears to signal the end of Darmian's spell in Manchester.

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The Times have reported that the Red Devils will try to offload the Italian full-back during the next transfer window in January with Mourinho keen to hand Fosu-Mensah more opportunities.

During the defender's contract negotiations, he received assurances from the manager that he would not be loaned out in January and he could expect more minutes on the pitch at his current club.

In fact, the same report also claims Man United's Portuguese boss actually rates him as highly as the club's other major rising star, Rashford, in terms of talent and potential.

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Like Fosu-Mensah, Rashford wasn't an automatic starter at the start of the season but it didn't take long for the Englishman to ensure Mourinho couldn't ignore him for much longer and he is now one of the first names on the teamsheet.

For Darmian, it looks like a return to his homeland looks most likely, with Inter Milan touted to among a number of clubs interested in the Italy international's services.

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