Crystal Palace have completed the signing of versatile Dutch and Manchester United defender Timothy Fosu-Mensah, according to report.
Jose Mourinho handed Fosu-Mensah the opportunity to shine at Man United last season but the 19-year old star failed to stake a claim in the first team of the Red Devils and Mourinho has decided to send him out on a loan spell to accelerate his development. He made 11 appearances for Jose Mourinho’s side last term.
The versatile defender signed a contract extension with Man United last October, with the new dealing spanning through 2020. He was part of United’s team that traveled to USA for their pre-season tour but his best bet at playing regularly this term is away from Old Trafford, a feat he will certainly achieve under Frank De Boer at Selhurst Park.
Mensah has played mainly as a centre-back for Man United but the youngster could as well play comfortably as a right back or a central midfielder and he will don the squad no. 24 at Selhurst Park this season.
The star player spoke after completing the move and he made bare his mind
“The manager spoke to me about coming down to join Crystal Palace and it was clear that he wanted me to be part of his squad which as a player gives you a great feeling straight away.
“I must now repay that back by putting in some good performances for the club.
“I am only 19 years old and still have a lot to learn and therefore getting the opportunity to play more games on a regular basis will help my development.”
Jose Mourinho has already bolstered his squad ahead of the upcoming season and the signing of Victor Lindelof further puts the chances of Fosu-Mensah place for Man United in doubt.