Timothy-Fosu Mensah has insisted that he is learning valuable lessons during his loan spell with Crystal Palace in spite of what has been a shocking start to the season for the south London side.
The 19-year-old was brought to Selhurst Park by former Ajax boss Frank de Boer and started every game under the Dutchman until he was sacked following four straight defeats without a goal.
Nevertheless, Fosu-Mensah has impressed with a series of dedicated, energetic displays at centre-back and recently earned a call up to the Netherlands senior side, enjoying a strong debut against France.
And the teenager, reflecting on his first few weeks, noted that he had kept in touch with United and was pleased with the minutes on the pitch so far this season.
“I am using the opportunity to get game time in the Premier League and gain more experience, I am keeping in contact with Manchester United and I know that their coaching staff are monitoring my progress so I am just hoping all goes well for me.
“It was tremendous to get the opportunity to make my debut last month for the Netherlands and I am just looking to build my international career on from there and hopefully be a regular in the team. There is a lot of competition for places but we all know that is what it is like in this game and I am ready for the challenge.”
Fosu-Mensah may have been concerned to see the man who signed him replaced by Roy Hodgson after less than a month, but he was handed a chance to impress at centre-back against Southampton and was, once again, one of the best players on the pitch for Palace.
Indeed, the fact that Fosu-Mensah – a 19-year-old on loan – is currently impressing more than most is positive news for United supporters but also a damning indictment of just how poor Palace have been.
Either way, one thing is certain: that the defender will come back to United with a hardened mentality and valuable experience under his belt.