Manchester United, the 20 times Premier League champions, have struggled since the departure of their iconic manager Sir Alex Ferguson and the baton now has been handed to former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho following a couple of unsuccessful spells by David Moyes and Louis Van Gaal.
The Portuguese tactician has guided the Red Devils to complete a ‘double’ last season (as they won League Cup and UEFA Europa League competition), however, they only managed a sixth-place league finish in his maiden managerial campaign as United boss and is keen to re-establish them as title contenders once more. Mourinho has brought in former Everton hitman Romelu Lukaku for £90 mil, £30.7 mil rated Swedish centre-back Victor Lindelof from Portuguese champions Benfica and not to forget Nemanja Matic, the ex-Chelsea midfield general has reunited with his former boss ( for £40 mil) at Theatre of Dreams.
A few of their stars, however, have been transferred out – Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s contract has not been renewed following an anterior cruciate ligament injury, skipper Wayne Rooney has returned to his boyhood club Everton after 13 colorful seasons with the Red Devils, and Adnan Januzaj, the Belgian once dubbed as ‘new Cristiano Ronaldo’, has joined La Liga outfit Real Sociedad following a few unsuccessful loan spell. Some of their youngsters have been loaned out for regular minutes at senior level. Cameron Borthwick-Jackson is set to be revealed as new Leeds United player for this season, custodian Sam Johnstone has been acquired by Championship heavyweights Aston Villa and Timothy Fosu-Mensah, another highly-rated youngster, has reportedly joined Premier League counterparts Crystal Palace for the new season.
Fosu-Mensah, 19, has represented Netherlands at several youth ranks and capable of playing as a defensive midfielder, central midfielder, full-back or centre-back. The versatile teenager joined the Red Devils back in 2014 after shining for the esteemed Ajax Academy and broke into the Red Devils’ senior squad under Louis Van Gaal and went on making 10 appearances in the 2015-16 season. He also impressed the new boss Mourinho during 2016-17 pre-season and was handed 11 outings across all competitions that earned the gaffer’s trust who hailed his matured and commendable display.
The player has now been loaned to Crystal Palace for more frequent outings under newly appointed Dutch boss Frank De Boer who has not been much in action so far this window. The Eagles have brought in Dutch international and former Ajax centre-back Jairo Ridewald and midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek has been loaned in from reigning champions Chelsea. Fosu-Mensah will be a decent addition to their squad who might be used as a utility player for his versatility.
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