Timothy Fosu-Mensah has insisted he has to “keep working hard” after making his Manchester United debut in the 3-2 win over Arsenal on Sunday.
Fosu-Mensah admitted that he has been “overwhelmed” in recent days and also praised Rashford, who he played with in the youth teams at Man United.
“I’m very happy – I just feel overwhelmed at the moment,” Fosu-Mensah said.
“It was a big day for me but I have to keep working hard. It was really surreal. The players around me really helped but the most important thing is that the team played well and we did – we worked hard together. Arsenal are a big team, so we’re delighted to win. It was a great performance.”
When asked about Rashford, Fosu-Mensah added: ”I’m so happy for him.
“He’s a very good friend of mine and it makes me happy every time he scores. Everyone works really hard at this club. It’s great that young players are getting a chance – everyone knows the opportunities are there, so we’re all working hard to take them.”
Both Fosu-Mensah and Rashford were highly regarded in the club’s academy structure but they wouldn’t have been expecting to make their debuts so soon for the club and especially not against Arsenal.
Louis van Gaal’s hand was forced somewhat by an injury crisis at United but he deserves credit for bringing through the young talent and giving them confidence.