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Fosu-Mensah and Pogba involved in brilliant duel during France v Holland

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On loan at Crystal Palace, Manchester United youngster Timothy Fosu-Mensah made his debut for the Dutch national team on Thursday night.

Monaco star Thomas Lemar scored a brace whilst Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe scored a goal apiece in an emphatic 4-0 France win.

Having failed to qualify for Euro 2016, the humiliating defeat in Paris leaves Holland's World Cup hopes hanging by a thread.

The Netherlands lie 4th in their group - behind France, Sweden and Bulgaria - with only three matches remaining.

Fosu-Mensah was called up to the senior side for the first time in his career this week and was probably surprised to learn that he was put straight in the starting XI.

He had only been promoted to the senior squad at the last minute following an injury to Lyon right-back Kenny Tete.

The versatile 19-year-old produced an excellent performance despite losing 4-0, making more tackles than any other player on the pitch.

Fosu-Mensah joined Palace on a season long-loan and has slotted into the Frank De Boer's new-look defence like an experienced pro.

"It’s a special day, but unfortunately not with the desired result," Fosu-Mensah said after his debut, as per the Manchester Evening News. "I think the French were just a cut above us. I can not say I’m shocked, but it’s just a shame that it ran out.

"I am very grateful to the coach for the confidence he has shown in me. I heard on the matchday that I would play. I was very happy and will always be grateful to Dick Advocaat for this opportunity."

The powerful teenage defender was up against Manchester United's club record signing Paul Pogba.

A clip of the pair of them duelling for the ball went viral amongst Red Devils supporters on Twitter - Fosu-Mensah proved he will not be bullied by anyone.

It's not often you see Pogba being brushed off the ball like that.

Fosu-Mensah is obviously rated highly by Jose Mourinho, with the former Ajax academy player revealing that he and the Portuguese coach are staying in touch during his loan spell away.

“He's been texting but sometimes he rings,” Fosu-Mensah told the Daily Mail.

“Sometimes it is the assistant too (Rui Faria). It's definitely good to have that contact because I'm still under contract there.

“He's (Jose) told me to just keep focusing on my game. We spoke and both came to the agreement that this is the best move for my development. He's said that we should keep talking to each other.”

Topics:
David De Gea
Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Paris Saint-Germain
Timothy Fosu-Mensah
Football
Paul Pogba

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