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Manchester United evening headlines as Fosu-Mensah gets his chance

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Here are your Manchester United evening headlines for Friday July 17.

Fosu-Mensah given chance to secure long-term future

Though he was widely expected to leave Old Trafford this summer, Timothy Fosu-Mensah will get a chance to secure his long-term future at Manchester United, MEN Sport understand.

Fosu-Mensah made his first United appearance in three years and 56 days in their 2-0 win against Crystal Palace on Thursday evening, helping Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side to keep a clean sheet. Having sustained an anterior cruciate ligament injury on loan at Fulham last year, he is now fully recovered.

United triggered a one-year contract extension for Fosu-Mensah in April, seemingly so they could preserve his value in the transfer market. Given that his recall only came after Luke Shaw and Brandon Williams both picked up injuries, he could still depart the club during the summer transfer window.

Solskjaer has been impressed with his attitude to training in recent months, however, and has given him the opportunity to earn a reprieve.

Lindelof disputes Zaha penalty claim

Victor Lindelof has insisted that he did not foul Wilfried Zaha in the box just before Marcus Rashford opened the scoring against Palace, despite concerted appeals from the hosts at Selhurst Park.

Lindelof appeared to catch both man and ball, but neither referee Graham Scott nor VAR awarded a penalty. With Jordan Ayew also seeing a goal ruled out for a marginal offside, Palace chairman Steve Parish tweeted: “Is the VAR broken? Serious question.”

Lindelof denied that Palace should have had a spot kick, however, telling MUTV after the match: “For me it’s not a penalty because I touched the ball first, so I don’t think it can be any clearer than that.”

Assessing the incident at half-time, Rio Ferdinand disagreed.

“I think it’s a penalty,” he said. “Wilfried’s a very tricky customer in that area – one of the most fouled players in the league.

“There’s connection with his foot. There is connection with the ball, I must add, and that’s where VAR probably took it from. But, if I’m a Palace player, I’m sitting asking questions like: ‘Why have we not got a penalty there?’ I’d say that is [a penalty]. I’m an honest guy.”

Leicester lose several key players for Man Utd clash

Though United have to face Chelsea in the FA Cup and West Ham in the Premier League before they take on Leicester, their top-four rivals have suffered a late injury crisis with three of their star performers ruled out for the remainder of the season.

James Maddison, Ben Chilwell and Christian Fuchs will remain on the sidelines for the duration, Brendan Rodgers has confirmed.

That could give United the edge when the two sides meet at the King Power Stadium later this month. They are currently tied on 62 points, though Leicester are fourth, one place above United, on account of their superior goal difference.

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