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Fosu-Mensah heading back to Manchester United

Fulham loan defender Timothy Fosu-Mensah will return to parent club Manchester United from Fulham after having surgery on a knee ligament injury.

Netherlands international Fosu-Mensah joined Fulham in August after a spell at Crystal Palace last season, playing regularly before Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s emergence at right-back.

A versatile player who can play across the back four and in central midfield, Fosu-Mensah was seen as a shrewd acquisition by Fulham following their promotion.

But his performances at Craven Cottage have made him a regular target for criticism and he has played just 12 times in the Premier League, the latest against Everton on Saturday seeing him sustain a knee injury.

Fosu-Mensah requires surgery and his subsequent rehabilitation will be at United, indicating the defender’s time at Fulham – whose relegation has been confirmed – is over.

The 21-year-old rose through the ranks as a youth player at Old Trafford before graduating to the senior squad in 2016.

Since then he has found first-team opportunities limited, with just 21 appearances to his name for the Red Devils across all competitions.

Should his recovery from surgery be successful, however, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer might consider using the versatile starlet regularly next season, with the team’s current defensive woes well documented.

Fulham may send Fosu-Mensah back

Fulham are considering ending Timothy Fosu-Mensah’s loan spell from Manchester United.

The versatile defender joined the Craven Cottage club on a season long loan but has found first-team football hard to come by.

And the possibility of terminating the Dutchman’s loan spell has been discussed as the Cottagers look to free up positions in their squad for January reinforcements.

The 21-year-old Dutchman has made nine appearances for Fulham so far this season.

Fulham have been linked with a loan move for Chelsea’s Gary Cahill but the club would have to send either Fosu-Mensah or Arsenal’s Calum Chambers back to their respective parent sides.

Premier League rules stipulate you can only have a maximum of two loanees from your top-flight rivals at any one time.

Fosu-Mensah completes Fulham loan move

Fulham have confirmed the signing of Manchester United defender Timothy Fosu-Mensah on a season-long loan deal.

The versatile 20 year-old defender, who can operate as a right back, in the centre of defence or in central midfield, has arrived from Old Trafford to gain more Premier League experience following his loan spell at Crystal Palace last season. The Dutch international made 24 appearances for the Eagles as Roy Hodgson’s side comfortably avoided the drop – and he could be considered to start against the south London outfit in Fulham’s first game of the season at Craven Cottage on Saturday.

Fosu-Mensah remains highly rated at United, whom he joined from the Ajax academy at the age of sixteen, and he has made 21 senior appearances for the Red Devils. He told Fulham’s official website this evening of his delight at finalising his latest loan switch:

I have a good feeling about the Club. It has a nice history, it’s a nice Club. Fulham has a lot of good players, and it’s good for my development to be here. I spoke to the Manager and he gave me a good feeling. I’m happy to be here and I want to keep progressing.

Fulham’s vice chairman and head of football operations, Tony Khan, commented:

I’m pleased to announce that Fulham Football Club has signed Timothy Fosu-Mensah on loan from Manchester United. Timothy is a gifted young defender who excels at multiple positions, and his addition will further reinforce a strong and promising squad that we have assembled to compete in the Premier League.

Fosu-Mensah’s arrival will boost Slavisa Jokanovic’s defensive options ahead of the new campaign. He is unlikely to start ahead of Calum Chambers and Tim Ream at the heart of the defence, but provides an experienced alternative to Irish international Cyrus Christie at right back.

Fulham close to Fosu-Mensah capture

Fulham are close to concluding a deal to sign Manchester United defender Timothy Fonsu-Murphy, according to Sky Sports News.

The versatile Dutch defender, who can play at centre back or right back as well as in defensive midfielder, had been expected to leave Old Trafford on loan this summer with a move to Hertha Berlin heavily mooted last week. Fonsu-Mensah, who has won three senior international caps for Holland, spent last season on loan at Crystal Palace, where he made 24 appearances in total as Roy Hodgson’s side successfully battled against the drop.

The move for Fosu-Mensah, who came through the Ajax youth academy before moving to Manchester United at the age of sixteen, seems to have come about after Fulham pulled out of a proposed deal to sign Martin Montoya. Fosu-Mensah, aged 20, will provide cover at centre back with new signing Alfie Mawson likely to miss the first month of the season as he recovers from knee surgery and Denis Odoi suspended for the opening two games, but is most likely to challenge Cyrus Christie for the right back spot at Craven Cottage.

The 6ft 3in defender has made 21 first-team appearances for Manchester United, with twelve of those coming in the Premier League, and has amassed Europa League experience as well. He has another two years to run on his current deal at Old Trafford.