Manchester United youth star Timothy Fosu-Mensah has put fans at ease by reportedly signing a long term contract that will keep him at Old Trafford fr the foreseeable future.
When José Mourinho took over as United manager in May, critics were quick to point out that the Portuguese was not known for bringing on youth through the academy and youth ranks and into first team rosters.
While the former Real Madrid, Chelsea and Inter Milan boss was quick to refute this trend when he became United boss, history appears to side with the critics.
With that worrying statistic, fans have been slightly nervous for the future of some of the top young talent at Old Trafford. One of the highlights of last season was the emergence of Marcus Rashford. Featuring strongly during the preseason schedule and having picked up where he left off last term, the home grown teenage sensation appears to have settled into life under Mourinho.
Now, another promising teenager, Timothy Fosu-Mensah, has, according to the Daily Mail, committed his future to United and looks to stake his claim in the United first team.
The Dutch defender arrived from Ajax in 2014 and last season made ten first team appearances, quickly becoming a fan favourite. Following towering and assured performance in the reserves and youth sides, the defender has been marked as a potential future club captain.
News of the 18-year-old’s contract will come as a boost for fans. Having watched some of the biggest names in world football arriving this summer, there had been a fear that United’s young talent would be sold or forgotten about.
Now however, it seems that Mourinho has an eye not only on the season ahead, but also many seasons to come.
Gary Brennan, Pundit Arena