According to the MEN, Manchester United have triggered a one year extension in Timothy Fosu-Mensah’s contract.

Fosu-Mensah had faced an uncertain future with his previous deal being set to expire in June.

This will split opinion with the Dutchman not playing a first team game for United since 2017, due to loan spells and injury.

Here are three reasons why it is the right decision to make…

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It’s a ‘prove it’ deal

This is not a long-term commitment from Manchester United. It’s an incentive for Fosu-Mensah to kick on and try and earn an extension on merit.

He currently earns £20,000 a week [via The Sun] so it is not a financial drain on the club’s resources to keep him ticking over for another year.

Fosu-Mensah has just battled back from an ACL injury suffered at Fulham and had played twice for United’s under-23 team.

Just as he was on the verge of a comeback, possibly at home to LASK, the enforced break took his opportunity away from him.

This keeps United’s options open. Letting him go now without taking another look at him could be a mistake.

Letting him leave right now to be a free agent in a moment of uncertainty combined with his injury could be damaging to his career. United are doing the ‘right thing’.

Room to sell

Financially, it may not make sense for United simply to release the Dutchman, when there could be an opportunity to fetch a fee for him.

One option for United is to loan Fosu-Mensah out at the start of next season, or at the next possible opportunity, let him impress, and then sell him to cash in.

If United were able to get £5-10 million for him at the start of 2021, then this one-year extension would be worthwhile.

It may not even require a loan. An offer could always come in during the next transfer window from a club looking to take a gamble.

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He could still be a valuable player

While Fosu-Mensah has lost momentum, it shouldn’t be forgotten what an exciting prospect he once was, and that he could still be a valuable player.

He has represented Holland at international level and in theory the delayed season may enable him to get back to form and represent his country at Euro 2021.

He is a versatile player, able to play at full-back, and intriguingly, in central midfield.

This may be where United get the best out of him, and it is good to have extra depth in a key area.

United have invested time in his recovery and rehabilitation and have made a point to include him in first team training.

This shows Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has faith in him. United’s coaching staff has had joy in improving players this season.

Fosu-Mensah could become another success story. This is a case of United backing themselves as much as the player.

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