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Louis van Gaal: Timothy Fosu-Mensah was fantastic against Arsenal

by Ben Topliss

Louis van Gaal has explained why he chose to play the “fantastic” Timothy Fosu-Mensah at left-back in the 3-2 win over Arsenal on Sunday.

Van Gaal brought Fosu-Mensah on for the injured Marcos Rojo during the second half at Old Trafford.

The 18-year-old had previously impressed in the U21s under Warren Joyce at centre-back and in midfield but he performed well in an unfamiliar role on the left against the Gunners. Van Gaal revealed that he sees Fosu-Mensah as a left-back in the long-term.

“I was thinking for a long time that he could play better as a full-back. I said that to Warren and Warren has tried him out in the second team, and I think he did it very well. We have problems at the full-back positions and that is why,” van Gaal said.

“Then he came in against Arsenal and did fantastically. He didn’t make any mistake and that is fantastic.”

Along with Fosu-Mensah, James Weir and Marcus Rashford made their Premier League debuts against Arsenal, with the latter scoring twice and creating another.

It was fantastic to see United dominate the game with so many young players on the pitch and the result gave supporters optimism about the future. Van Gaal has been criticised this term, and rightly so, but he has done an excellent job in bringing youngsters through.

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