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Manchester United’s Michael Carrick full of praise for Timothy Fosu-Mensah

by Tanveer Arayan

Manchester United’s Michael Carrick has praised Timothy Fosu-Mensah as a “real athlete” following the youngster’s step up to first team affairs this season.

Fosu-Mensah was handed his debut for Man United against Arsenal earlier this term before he impressed in the 1-0 win over Watford.

The 18-year-old is highly regarded by coaches and supporters at United and Carrick has been impressed with him, along with other youngsters such as Marcus Rashford and Cameron Borthwick-Jackson.

“They’ve impressed me an awful lot because it is never easy to come in,” Carrick said.

“What has impressed me most is they have come into the team in twos and threes, whereas if you come into a settled team and a winning team on your own then it is probably a little bit easier. They have done ever so well; every one of them has taken their chance and it bodes well for the future.

“They just have to be patient, I think. You have obviously got to enjoy it and work hard and do all the right things, but you have to be patient because there are going to be ups and downs from week to week, and from season to season. When you get your chance, you have got to do your best and then be ready for when it comes again. It might not be the week after, it might be a month down the line, so it is just about being patient and keeping your feet on the ground.”

“It is a real rise for Timmy. First of all, he came on at left-back in the Arsenal game and that is not a position he is accustomed to playing. He stepped up in tough circumstances and I thought he did terrifically. He is a real athlete, he is quick, he is strong and he’s good on the ball. The Watford game was another tough one to come into, to play at centre-back against their front two [Deeney and Ighalo], who are a real handful and are really dangerous. I thought he came through that well. Those performances and the experience of being involved will stand him in good stead.”

Michael Carrick

Fosu-Mensah is already an imposing physical force at a young age and he will only get better as he matures.

United’s problems have been well documented over the course of the campaign but there is no denying that the future is bright. The likes of Fosu-Mensah, Anthony Martial, Luke Shaw and Memphis Depay should provide a solid platform for United to build on.

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