Manchester United Football Club have always been known as a world-class outfit when it comes to producing young talent.
At this point in time, the likes of Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard and Scott McTominay are all flourishing under Jose Mourinho.
However, it wasn’t that long ago when Timothy Fosu-Mensah became a first-team regular under Louis van Gaal. Over the last two-years, the Dutchman has found opportunities limited, and spent last term on loan at Crystal Palace.
Although that short stint down South was good for his development, the 20-year-old’s frustration is growing. He’s sick of being regarded as the up-and-comer, instead, he wants to be playing week-in-week-out right now; and that’s an attitude you simply have to admire.
“I do not want to hear that I am young and that my time is still coming, I want to reach the top as quickly as possible, that’s me,” he is quoted as saying by the Manchester Evening News.
“The top is World Cup, European Championship, Champions League final, which is the top for me, winning prizes.
“I was close to the Dutch national team when I was at United, but I did not play anymore.
“From August 2017 to May 2018 I was leased to Crystal Palace, I think that was a good choice. I can also play for Oranje [the Dutch national team].”
I’ve never been let down by Fosu-Mensah whenever I’ve watched the young man play. He has serious potential, and the Dutchman could go an awfully long way in this game.
Personally, I feel as though the upcoming campaign will be make or break for his United career. If he forces his way into the side and features heavily, it could be the start of something brilliant for the Old Trafford club. However, if he rots away on the substitutes bench again, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him leave permanently; as early as January.
Pre-season tour of the United States is his first big chance to impress. If he does well, then who knows, he could be starting at right-back or centre-back on a regular basis in the not too distant future.