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31st Dec 2017

Manchester United fans really want Fosu-Mensah to return to Old Trafford this January

He has kept Sané in his back pocket.

Reuben Pinder

He has impressed today against City.

Opportunities have been scarce for Timothy Fosu-Mensah at Manchester United.

Former United boss Louis van Gaal gave him a few chances to impress in the first team in a variety of positions, but since the arrival of José Mourinho, the Dutch defender has unsurprisingly not had much of a look in.

He was consequently loaned out to Crystal Palace. At the time of the loan deal, Palace still had Frank de Boer in charge (remember him?). The Dutch connection seemed to be a good fit for the player’s development as De Boer planned to play 3-4-3 with Fosu-Mensah as a right sided centre-back.

We all know how the De Boer experiment ended, and in came Roy Hodgson to restore order and organisation to struggling Palace.

This involved reverting to 4-4-2 and re-learning the defensive organisation that made Palace so successful under Tony Pulis and Sam Allardyce. Fosu-Mensah or ‘Timbo” as he calls himself on social media has clearly benefited from Hodgson’s coaching.

He has been very impressive in Palace’s clash with Manchester City today, making a lot of United fans hope that they recall him in January.

United have their own defensive issues to sort out, which Fosu-Mensah could help with, but we are all aware of Mourinho’s record when it comes to bringing through young players.