Louis van Gaal tells Timothy Fosu-Mensah to be patient for midfield chance

by Tanveer Arayan

Louis van Gaal believes that Timothy Fosu-Mensah must be patient for a chance to play in midfield for Manchester United.

Fosu-Mensah featured in the middle of the park for Man United’s youth sides but he has played at centre-back and right-back during his breakthrough campaign under Louis van Gaal this term.

Van Gaal spoke about Fosu-Mensah’s chances of playing in a position further up the pitch during his pre-match press conference ahead of the FA Cup semi-final against Everton on Saturday.

“It is dependable on vacancies in your squad,” van Gaal said.

“Players in my squad are playing in different positions than what they are used to in their former careers.

“When there is a vacancy and you think a young player has the quality to play there, you give him the chance and he takes it.

“You can ask Bastian Schweinsteiger who, at Bayern Munich, played on the right side. I made him a centre midfielder because I looked at his profile and I thought he can better play in the middle and he enjoys it more.”

Fosu-Mensah certainly has all the attributes to succeed in midfield: he is quick, powerful and plays with an intelligence that belies his years.

However, at 18, he still has plenty of time to make his mark and find his rightful place in this United team. It will be exciting to see how he develops at Old Trafford.

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