Manchester United will give Timothy Fosu-Mensah a chance to secure his long-term future at the club amid interest from clubs in Germany.
Fosu-Mensah, 22, made his first United appearance in three years and 56 days in the 2-0 win at Crystal Palace, having recovered from an anterior cruciate ligament injury he sustained on loan at Fulham last year.
The MEN revealed in April United had triggered the one-year extension in Fosu-Mensah’s contract to tie him to the club until 2021, and sources close to the Dutchman say United wanted to retain his value as Fosu-Mensah’s reputation abroad is positive. Fosu-Mensah has attained three caps for Holland.
It is understood United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was impressed by Fosu-Mensah’s attitude in training prior to the lockdown and wanted to give him the chance to stay around the squad when the season restarted.
Solskjaer named Fosu-Mensah in his provisional training squad in May when United could have released him this summer had they ignored the extension in his deal.
Fosu-Mensah switched agents this year and, given his shock recall was prompted by injuries to Luke Shaw and Brandon Williams, he could still leave in the 70-day summer transfer window that opens on July 27.
However, Solskjaer’s selection of Fosu-Mensah over Diogo Dalot could extend the Netherlands international’s United career into next season.
“On Timothy, 16 months since the last game he’s played,” Solskjaer said. “He’s worked hard and delighted for him. I know all about having injuries – knee injuries – and how great it must have felt for him to be out there. He lasted a full game and he played as we wanted him to; he defended really well. We knew it would be [Andros] Townsend and [Wilfried] Zaha to play against; tricky players to play against.
“I’ve seen Timothy in training and seen him before with his pace and physicality, and his attributes. We thought he deserved to play this game and he proved that, he showed it.
“He’s going to feel it tomorrow morning but delighted for him.”