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A powerful and versatile defender with plenty of speed and athleticism to accompany natural ability on the ball, Tim Fosu-Mensah is an exceptional prospect.

He first caught United's attention while playing for boyhood club Ajax during the AEGON Future Cup and completed a move during the summer transfer window of 2014, before being forced to wait for international clearance. Although nominally a central defender, he was often pushed into midfield to help sharpen other areas of his game and also looked comfortable as part of a three-man defence. Former Reds boss Louis van Gaal rewarded Fosu-Mensah’s performances in the Reserves with a call-up to the first team as a spring injury crisis hit hard and he made a high-profile debut against Arsenal in February 2016, before becoming a regular in the squad. Later, in October of that year, he signed a new contract with United to keep him at the club until June 2020, with the option to extend it for a further year. Although regularly in and around the first-team squad, in 2016/17 he picked up an untimely injury against Manchester City but at least recovered in time to make the bench for the Europa League final against his former club Ajax. Determined to further his education with regular senior football, the defender joined fellow Premier League side Crystal Palace on a season-long loan, working under the management of fellow Dutchman Frank de Boer and then Roy Hodgson. Fosu-Mensah managed to gain some vital Premier League experience and overall represented the club on 24 occasions. He played a vital role in the Eagles' rise up the table in the second half of the season and helped the club avoid relegation against all the odds. In August 2017, Tim made his competitive bow for the Netherlands and performed well despite a heavy defeat to Paul Pogba’s France. He has since gone on to become a regular in the Dutch squad. He secured another season-long loan move for the 2018/19 campaign, joining Premier League newcomers Fulham on transfer deadline day in August but the Cottagers endured a tough time, including changing their manager twice over the course of what was ultimately a losing battle against relegation. After furthering his education with the two London clubs in the top flight, unfortunately he suffered a knee injury which ruled him out of the start of the 2019/20 season.

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  • Position

    Defender

  • Country

    Netherlands

  • Date of birth

  • Joined

  • United debut

    v Arsenal (H)

My ultimate football dream is to play as long as I can for this beautiful club and win as many trophies as I can for United.

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Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Tim Fosu-Mensah relax in Spain.

Aaron and Tim set for season run-in Article

In an exclusive Q&A, Wan-Bissaka and Fosu-Mensah discuss recharging the batteries in Spain.

Team-mates challenge: AWB x TFM video

How would best mates Aaron and Tim describe each other? Over to you, lads...

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Team news before Chelsea away Article

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has provided an update on new signing Odion Ighalo and five other members of his squad.

Bruno Fernandes and Anthony Martial.

Early team news for Chelsea clash Article

The boss is mulling over his options as the Reds gear up for our return to Premier League action.

Exclusive injury update on six defenders Article

Read the latest news from Solskjaer about Bailly, Dalot, Fosu-Mensah, Rojo, Shaw and Tuanzebe.

Eric Bailly.

Senior pair make comeback in U23s Article

Eric Bailly and Tim Fosu-Mensah made their reappearance from knee injuries on Friday night.

Tim Fosu-Mensah.

Fosu-Mensah's fine run video

An amazing burst of pace by Tim Fosu-Mensah almost produced a goal on his comeback...

Eric Bailly in training.

First-team pair to feature for Under-23s Article

Two senior Reds will play for Neil Wood's side against Newcastle, live on MUTV, on Friday evening.

Nemanja Matic and Fred do battle with Arsenal's Alexandre Lacazatte.

Ole outlines midfield options Article

Find out which players the manager believes can step up in the absence of Paul Pogba and Scott McTominay.

Exclusive: Fosu-Mensah excited to return Article

In our interview, Dutch defender Tim says he cannot wait to play under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for the first time.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer speaks at United's pre-match press conference for the home game against AZ Alkmaar

Solskjaer's team news for Alkmaar clash Article

The boss has been speaking to MUTV about his squad for Thursday's final Europa League Group L game.

Marcos Rojo after the 1-1 draw with Liverpool.

Rojo added to United's injury list Article

The defender faces a short spell on the sidelines and will miss this weekend's match against Sheffield United.

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United team news for Partizan clash Article

The manager has provided an update on Victor Lindelof, Eric Bailly, Tim Fosu-Mensah and Paul Pogba.

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Regan Poole at Newport County.

How United players fared on loan in 2018/19 Article

Some of our youngsters have gained some valuable experience this season while playing for other clubs.

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