Manchester United’s sale of Ashley Young to Inter Milan is all-but-confirmed, with the veteran full-back pictured arriving in the Italian capital just earlier today.
The job for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is finding a suitable replacement – be it someone already at the club or via dipping his toes into the transfer market.
Anyway, the Baby Faced Assassin held his usual pre-match press conference this afternoon, with Solskjaer addressing the issue of who’ll replace his former captain. The Norweigan mentioned the right-back position in particular, hinting that 22-year-old Timothy Fosu-Mensah could take Young’s minutes upon his return from injury.
When asked about who’s going to replace Young, Solskjaer responded:
“Timothy (Fosu-Mensah) is coming back as well and he’s a right-back, he’s played for Holland as a right-back at the age of 19, so we also want him back. Diogo is back fit, so in the full-back position I think we’re quite OK.” per ManUtd.com.
It’s easy to forget just how talented Fosu-Mensah was (is?). During his debut season under Louis van Gaal, the Dutchman was regarded as one of the best up-and-comers on the books at Old Trafford.
Injuries definitely haven’t helped his case, though Fosu-Mensah could be a solid option as our utility man. Don’t forget he can play at full-back, centre-half and defensive-midfield if needs be.
As Ole mentions, Diogo Dalot is another choice so the depth is there. The problem is, both of these guys are susceptible to injury so letting Young go has to be regarded as a gamble. It’s certainly going to be interesting to see how this one plays out, though I’ll be surprised if we see Fosu-Mensah playing with regularity for United before the 2020/21 term…