Timothy could solve United’s central issues
UNITED face a dilemma as they prepare for the January transfer window.
A few months ago any supporter would have pinpointed the Reds’ desperate need for midfield reinforcement, but after a troubled start to the season priority has shifted to a new attacking addition.
The fact United have created more chances in the Premier League than Leicester have this season perhaps indicates the midfield is not as big an issue as the attack, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer now has a huge decision to make.
The summer signings have all been hugely successful, but the fact it took the club so long to conclude the deals indicates that business could once again be at a minimum when the winter window opens.
If only one player could be added to the squad then the sensible option would surely be to add a new striker, and with the imminent return of Paul Pogba there might be less need for midfield creativity.
However, even with the World Cup winner’s return, United remain vulnerable in defensive midfield and with Nemanja Matic nearing the end of his contract
Solskjaer has another problem to solve.
In an ideal world United would add both a midfielder and striker once the transfer market re-opens, but there might already be a solution at the club in the shape of Timothy Fosu-Mensah.
Signed as a defensive midfielder from his time at Ajax, injury has severely hampered the progress of the Dutch youngster who is yet to fulfil his potential almost four years on from his United debut.
The then 18-year-old made ten appearances under the guidance of Louis van Gaal, with two of those starts coming in the quarterfinal and semi-final of United’s successful FA Cup campaign.
Since then Fosu-Mensah has made just one more Premier League start for United and after a dreadful loan-spell with Fulham, his confidence has taken an almighty knock.
Yet it is testament to the Dutch youngster that he has almost overcome a serious knee injury and given himself a fighting chance of salvaging such a promising career.
With just over six months remaining on his United contract the 21-year-old is quickly running out of time to prove himself worthy of a new deal, but in Solskjaer he has a manager who will give him a chance.
Progress in the Europa League and Carabao Cup could give Fosu-Mensah the perfect platform to complete his rehabilitation, and in turn his long-awaited return as a defensive midfielder could hold the solution to solving United’s latest transfer problem.