Timothy Fosu-Mensah trained with the Manchester United first team last week. It was a big step in his recovery from an ACL injury.
Question marks remain over the Dutchman’s future, with his contract set to expire at the end of the season.
Now The Sun report Fosu-Mensah is going to be offered a 12 month contract extension on his current deal.
Fosu-Mensah’s wages would remain at £20,000 per week, low in comparison to many of his teammates.
The aim would be that over the next 18 months he can prove himself and earn a long term deal on a higher salary.
The next step
One option which United are exploring is sending Fosu-Mensah out on loan. But this comes with a big risk.
While it would get Fosu-Mensah some much needed playing time, loans at Crystal Palace and Fulham have not worked out well for him.
United are reportedly looking at insisting on playing time guarantees being built into any loan agreement.
It might be better though for Fosu-Mensah to stay put and work with United’s coaching staff and play for the under-23s. This might even lead to a fast-track into the first team this season.
There is debate over Fosu-Mensah’s best position. Many believe midfield is where he can thrive, and there is more chance of breaking through at United here than at full-back.
If Fosu-Mensah stays at Old Trafford for the rest of the season, there is a chance he gets a shot, especially if he impresses for the under-23s and current first team options struggle or suffer with injuries.
It is unfortunate these two Europa League game dead rubbers come too soon in Fosu-Mensah’s recovery for him to play.
His aim has to be to get to next summer’s pre-season as an established first team option, one way or another.
The 21-year-old is a talented kid, who has been let down and mismanaged in recent seasons. Perhaps he has lost a bit of focus along the way too.
Fosu-Mensah should have realised now that this is his last shot to make his United career work, and needs to seize his chance.
It is good that United are prepared to give him one more chance.
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