Timothy Fosu-Mensah set to go out on loan to Bundesliga side
He impressed in pre-season
Manchester United are likely to let Timothy Fosu-Mensah go out on loan to Hertha Berlin for the upcoming season, according to Sky Italy.
Leih-Verteidiger für Hertha? Tim #Fosu-Mensah von @ManUtd wechselt nach @SkySportDE -Informationen auf Leih-Basis zu @HerthaBSC . Der 20jährige Niederländer ist in der Abwehr flexibel einsetzbar. @SkySportDE @SkySportNewsHD #hertha
— Sven Töllner (@Sky_SvenT) August 4, 2018
The defender spent last season out on loan at Crystal Palace, where he proved to be very useful but failed to truly nail down a spot in the starting XI. He wasn't helped by the fact that Roy Hodgson changed to a 4-4-2 formation when Fosu-Mensah was bought to play in a back three, but he still put in several strong performances, like when he nullified the threat of Leroy Sané against Manchester City.
During this summer's pre-season tour of the United States, the Dutchman has been impressive for United, playing in a back three and a back four comfortably, displaying his composure on the ball and excellent 1v1 defensive ability.
But despite his good form this summer, he looks set to be loaned out once again after United signed Diogo Dalot from Porto to deputise for Antonio Valencia at right-back. There is also a long list of mediocre centre-backs for Fosu-Mensah to compete with for a spot in the back four, so his best chance of game time appears to be another season long loan move.
United fans may not be best pleased by the news, as many were hoping for the 20-year-old to be given more opportunities in the first team this season. With Antonio Valencia and Dalot both currently injured, Matteo Darmian has been playing at right-back throughout pre-season, but the Italian wants to leave and fans would rather see Fosu-Mensah start in his place.
Loaning Fosu-Mensah (again) to Germany and using a player at right-back who has wanted to leave all summer and also isn’t good enough answers those who question why some United fans are ‘negative’.
All for a TFM loan but not if it mean’s we start the season with Darmian at RB.
— Jordan (@FourFourJordan) August 4, 2018
Whilst Darmian stays, what a joke if true.
— JoshGI 🇾🇪 (@JoshGI97) August 4, 2018