Manchester United have a potential gem in Timothy Fosu-Mensah

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Amidst a season where there's been very little to cheer for Manchester United, the quiet emergence of Timothy Fosu-Mensah gives fans reason to be positive of what the future holds.

The 18-year-old has played just seven games for the Red Devils yet his impressive performances have plenty speculating about his exciting potential.

It all started midway through the club's injury crisis, when Louis van Gaal started his young countryman at the heart of defence against Watford at Old Trafford.


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While Odion Ighalo certainly had his opportunities, he was afforded very little space in behind United's defence thanks to the pace and awareness of Fosu-Mensah, who played his part in an important 1-0 victory on his first ever start.

Another month would pass before his next significant contribution as a half-time substitute against Everton, replacing Marcus Rojo and providing a quality assist to help secure all three points at Goodison Park.

On this occasion, he showed a willingness to push forward at right-back, overlapping well and providing excellent delivery from out wide.

The Dutchman's impressive display earned him a start against Tottenham Hotspur, against whom he thrived down the right-hand side. This time, he was given the task of marking Christian Eriksen, who he largely kept quiet throughout his 68-minute stint.

Such was his presence that upon his exit from the field, United conceded three goals in the space of six minutes.

And to top off what has been an excellent spell in the first team thus far, Fosu-Mensah was superb during United's 2-1 win over West Ham in the FA Cup on Wednesday, effectively neutralising Dimitri Payet's effect.

His seven appearances for United are but a small sample of what he's capable of yet Fosu-Mensah already looks like he could be a star in the making, with his natural defensive instincts, pace and composure on the ball his strongest assets.

Playing in central defence is arguably where he belongs, but his versatility is something that will come as a huge boost to Van Gaal.

In a campaign that has seen the 64-year-old regularly criticised, his decision to show trust in Fosu-Mensah has proved inspired and one that gives United fans real optimism of what's to come.

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