Enforcer set for medical as Man United agree deal with PL rivals

  • Enforcer set for medical as Man United agree deal with PL rivals

Enforcer set for medical as Man United agree deal with PL rivals

Crystal Palace appear to have won the race for the Manchester United defender's signature.

Jose Mourinho felt the 19-year-old - who recently signed a new contract at United - needs to gain maturity by playing on a weekly basis.

Fosu-Mensah made 11 appearances for United last season but was unable to secure a spot in the first team.

The arrival of the Swedish global and the Serbian midfielder from Chelsea has seen Fosu-Mensah, drop further down the pecking order at Old Trafford.

The Dutchman has been told by Mourinho that he is the long-term replacement for Antonio Valencia, and he will surely attempt to repay the faith put in him by the Portuguese manager.

He said: "If the manager wants me to play centre-back I will play there". In fact, it seems like that is where he is naturally comfortable on field which only goes to further improve his game. I am young so I try to work on my weaker stuff and to become a better and complete player.

Additionally, his first-team chances will take a bigger hit due to Victor Lindelof's arrival.

Fosu-Mensah can play as a centre-back in De Boer's 3-4-3 formation or even as a wing-back.

A season on loan to Crystal Palace could, however, set him up nicely to compete for a place in the Red Devils' side next term.

The defensive midfielder struggled to enjoy regular first-team football at Old Trafford.