The lockdown was kind to Timothy Fosu-Mensah. He was afforded extra time to recover from his ACL injury, and made a return to Manchester United’s side.

When he was selected against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park in July amid an injury crisis, it was his first appearances for the Red Devils since 2017.

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Fosu-Mensah went on to make a further five appearances before the season ended, two as a starter.

Having just returned to the team, Fosu-Mensah is not resting on his laurels.

The Dutchman is using this time off to work on his fitness, so he can return to United in top shape for pre-season.

Still has a lot to prove

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer appears to like Fosu-Mensah as a squad player, and his versatility makes him a useful player to have around.

At just 22, Fosu-Mensah has a chance to get a lot better and United may see the best of him after a full-season recovered from his ACL injury, rather than just three starts.


Fosu-Mensah still has a lot to prove, and a strong showing in training in pre-season could help him make a good early impression.

Luke Shaw is just recovering from injury, while Brandon Williams has a minor knock which kept him out of the England under-21 squad.

So there may be a chance for Fosu-Mensah to stake an early claim for a role at left-back, if he is required.

While other United players are on their holidays, deservedly we might add, Fosu-Mensah’s work training in the gym could give him an edge.

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