Timothy Fosu-Mensah was in positive spirits following Manchester United’s 1-0 win over Zorya Luhansk in the Europa League, insisting he feels better and better after every game.
The Dutchman provided cause for concern following a shabby performance against Northampton Town last week – his first game under Jose Mourinho.
However, the 18-year-old produced an emphatic display against the Ukrainian side at right-back, offering power and discipline in both defence and attack.
Speaking after the game, Fosu-Mensah made it clear he improves after every outing in a Man United shirt.
“It’s important to get the three points,” he said.
“We lost in Holland [to Feyenoord] and it was a must-win game for us.
“The last game at home against Leicester we did very well. Our attitude was very good and we wanted to maintain that and that’s what we did tonight.
“I’m feeling better and better. As a footballer, you just want to play football. When you play football, you feel happy. I played against Northampton and I played today and I feel happy.”
Fosu-Mensah’s performance against Northampton was a sobering reminder of the imperfect nature of developing talents. Some games just pass them by, denting their confidence in the process.
His display against Zorya, however, was a reminder of how devastating the presence of raw, youthful exuberance can be. The Dutchman was an indomitable force all game, rampaging up and down the pitch with a seemingly bottomless energy supply.
United fans will hope to see Fosu-Mensah, a sensational young talent, continue to receive chances under Mourinho this season.