Timothy Fosu-Mensah has expressed his optimism over recovering in time for the Europa League against his former side Ajax next Wednesday.
The Dutchman suffered a dislocated shoulder during the dying stages of Manchester United’s 0-0 draw with Manchester City last month, prompting fears he would miss the rest of the campaign.
However, he was seen back in training for the first time on Friday ahead of Man United’s final Premier League game of the season against Crystal Palace.
And Fosu-Mensah, speaking to MUTV, noted that he was pleased with the unexpectedly swift nature of his recovery from injury.
“I’m good first of all,” he said. “And I work hard, I try to be back as soon as possible, the officials are doing a good job.
“I work hard. It was not easy – the injury against City – but the doctor, the staff, everyone, we work hard together and just see, day-by-day, step-by-step.
“I left Ajax when I was 16. As a young boy I’d been there for eight years. I know a lot of people there, so it would be very special and obviously I would like to win against them because I’m a Manchester United player now.
“They’re a good side, otherwise they wouldn’t be in the final, but so are we. We are more focused on us. They have a couple of good players, a young team.
“The Champions League is a beautiful stage to play and we’re going to do everything we can to get there next season.”
Throwing somebody with just three starts to his name all season into the fray of a European final would be a bold move to say the least. Fosu-Mensah has been a regular feature in the first team this season but his presence on the pitch has been essentially reduced to the occasional cameo from the bench.
Chances to replicate promising displays against the likes of Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United under Louis van Gaal simply haven’t materialised, but his knowledge of this Ajax side – players he grew up with before moving to Manchester in 2014 – could perhaps come in handy on May 24.