Name: Timothy Fosu-Mensah
Date of Birth (Age): January 2nd, 1998 (22)
Signed: 2nd September, 2014
Appearances This Season: 6
Clean Sheets: 2
Tackles Won Per Game(Avg): 2.3
Aerial Duels Won Per Game (Avg): 0.4
Pass Success (Avg): 82.6%
Contracted Expires: 30th June, 2021
It’s been another season blighted by injury for Timothy Fosu-Mensah. Since making his debut for United in February 2016 he’s only been able to rack up 27 appearances for Manchester United. For a couple of seasons United saw it best for his development to go out on loan, where he’s gained Premier League experience at Fulham and Crystal Palace respectively.
However for this past year he’s been plagued by a cruciate knee ligament injury, an injury that prevented him taking any part this season until the 36th game of the campaign, in the middle of July at Selhurst Park against Crystal Palace. That day he was a surprise inclusion in manager Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s starting line up. In fairness to him he let nobody down that day and in fact he put in an impressive performance considering he hadn’t played for United since 2018. After that game Fosu-Mensah was involved in the final two Premier League games of the season, the FA Cup semi-final against Chelsea and the latter stages of United’s Europa League campaign. His re-emergence was such that he probably ended up being United’s back up right back to Aaron Wan-Bissaka by the end of the season, which is interesting thought when you consider the likes of Diogo Dalot And emerging youth talent, Ethan Laird were both available.
Overall Season Rating – 4/10
Ambitions For Next Season
I don’t think the club will be actively looking to sell Timothy in this transfer window, but with only a year left on his contract if an acceptable bid was to come in for the player then you could see a situation where he could leave. He’s still only 21 but injuries have prevented him getting his career off the ground. If Solskjaer does see him as the back up to Wan-Bissaka at right back then he may well get the opportunity to impress next season and maybe earn himself a new contract, providing he can stay fit. Another option may be to send him out on loan and depending on how that works out the club can make a decision on his future a the end of the 2020/21 season.
However it’s worth noting that United may target a left back in this window. If the club was to bring in a left back in the next month then you would have to believe the right footed Brandon Williams would be the chosen able deputy at right back. This would seriously limit Fosu-Mensah’s first team opportunities and he may feel its in his best interests to move on. We should say though If he does stay next season he could have a key part to play in how well United’s new signing Donny Van De Beek may settle in to life in Manchester. Fosu-Mensah is the only player the Dutchman is fimiliar with from their younger days growing up in the Ajax academy. What ever happens next season I’m sure Timothy will pray he can stay fit and play as much football as possible having missed so much football over the last two years in particular but whether that will be at United or not remains to be seen.