Manchester United youngster Timothy Fosu-Mensah has been touted for big things ever since he arrived at Old Trafford. But, after some impressive early showings under Louis van Gaal, the defender has fallen out of favour.

Two loan spells followed and the latest, at Fulham, looked to cast Fosu-Mensah’s long-term United future in doubt.

The 20-year-old has been part of a defence that has shipped goals at an alarming rate.  But the surprise appointment of Claudio Ranieri could change everything.

The Italian knows a thing or two about defending, and he could be exactly what Fosu-Mensah needs.

Jose Mourinho sent the Dutchman on loan in the hope he would develop his game, not fall headfirst into a relegation scrap.

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Slavisa Jokanovic did not practice the art of defence.  But Ranieri is a different beast.  Suddenly Fosu-Mensah has a manager who can effectively develop his game.

United fans know what the versatile youngster is capable of.  He is still only 20 and should have a very bright future at Old Trafford.

While the first few months of this season have not gone to plan, there is every chance he could now blossom under a new boss.

Mourinho will certainly hope so.  And, when Fosu-Mensah does finally return to United, it could be as a changed man.