After impressing under Louis van Gaal in the second half of last season, making ten appearances amid his debut campaign in the Red Devils’ senior squad, United reportedly sought to agree a new contract with the 18-year-old during the summer.
Indeed, The Daily Mail reported in August that the Dutchman and the club had ‘agreed a deal in principle’ to extend his terms beyond their current expiration in summer 2017.
The Sun provided an update last week, claiming Fosu-Mensah would sign a four-year contract after the international break, and ESPN’s report has followed a very similar line – revealing the versatile youngster has already agreed a new deal that will be ‘finalised’ once the latest round of World Cup qualifiers comes to an end.
Three sources reporting on the same story makes it pretty legit by Football FanCast’s reckoning.
We’re still in the very early stages of what could be a glistening career, but it’s incredibly telling that Louis van Gaal saw fit to bring Fosu-Mensah through to the first team and his successor, Jose Mourinho, has continued to maintain the club’s faith in the promising youngster.
Indeed, a large cohort of youngsters left Old Trafford either on loan or permanently this summer, not least including Paddy McNair, Adnan Januzaj, Donald Love and Will Keane, but the United gaffer saw fit to hold onto the Ajax import. ESPN even describe the Netherlands U19 as ‘back-up to first-choice right-back Antonio Valencia’ – suggesting he’s above Matteo Darmian, a defender eight years his senior, in the pecking order.
Fosu-Mensah’s main assets remain physicality, measuring in at 6 foot 3, versatility and a unique tactical maturity for a player so young, in typical Oranje youth international style. Here’s a look at how he compared to United’s other right-back options last season, courtesy of Squawka: