Manchester United on cusp of agreeing defender loan deal

Manchester United have reportedly allowed defender Timothy Fosu-Mensah to seal a temporary move to Crystal Palace this summer. The 19-year-old will spend the entirety of the 2017/18 campaign on loan with the Eagles, who are managed by former Ajax boss Frank de Boer.

The 19-year-old made his senior United debut under former boss Louis van Gaal, who brought him as a late substitute in the 3-2 victory over Arsenal in February 2016. He has since had limited chances in the starting lineup with Jose Mourinho offering just 11 outings across all competitions last term.

Despite this, Fosu-Mensah has had the right attitude at Old Trafford after he admitted that he is not frustrated with the lack of first-team opportunities, he told PA Sport h/t The Express: “It’s fine because you’re surrounded by great players. Every day, in and out, you train with great players. You develop every day with these great players.”

Fosu-Mensah was on the substitutes’ bench during Manchester United’s Europa League final triumph over ex-club Ajax last term, and he will now link up with De Boer, who will have some knowledge on his progress in Amsterdam.

The Netherlands youth international is likely to be deployed in a three-man backline at Selhurst Park with De Boer having given up on the pursuit of Mamadou Sakho due to Liverpool’s £30m valuation.

Fosu-Mensah managed four starts in the right-back spot last season, and Mourinho sees him as a long-term replacement for Antonio Valencia, who recently inked a two-year extension at United.

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