Manchester United defender Timothy Fosu-Mensah insists it’ll be a special occasion when the side takes on his former club Ajax in the Europa League final.
He was born in Amsterdam and left Ajax’s academy to join United in 2014, and has been working incredibly hard to get back to full fitness, returning in the 2-0 Premier League win over Crystal Palace on Sunday after a shoulder injury.
Jose Mourinho confirmed he could play a role at the Friends Arena in Stockholm if he played well against Palace and Fosu-Mensah has been thankful to the staff who helped him during his rehabilitation after being sidelined for six matches.
“I feel good,” said Fosu-Mensah.
“I’m happy I got 90 minutes (against Palace) and I thank the manager for giving me that. I felt good and I didn’t have any problems. It’s my old team (on Wednesday). And it’s a nice game, a Europa League final.
“It’s a big game, and as a football player you want to be involved in big games like this and that’s what my focus is on. I played there for eight years so it’s definitely extra special.
“I know a couple of players and I speak to them. We have spoken, but not about the game.
“We play for trophies. We have to win this trophy and it’s important for next season to be in the Champions League. It all comes from one place and the only answer for this is winning. It’s simple.”
He’s played 11 times this season under Mourinho to take him to a total of 21 appearances so far at United, and it’s incredible to think about what’s to come next for him.
Fosu-Mensah has all the attributes to become a solid player and with some guidance from Mourinho, he could become a vital player of the first-team.