Tim is keep­ing his op­tions open on his re­turn

Manchester Evening News - - SPORT - By RICHARD FAY

TIMOTHY Fosu-Men­sah has hinted he could re­turn to United ac­tion as a left-back or de­fen­sive mid­fielder fol­low­ing his long in­jury lay-off.

The 22-year-old has not fea­tured in se­nior foot­ball since his loan spell at Ful­ham last sea­son was cut short by a se­ri­ous knee in­jury.

Fosu-Men­sah has re­turned to light train­ing and is work­ing to­wards a re­turn in the com­ing weeks as he looks to re­vive his promis­ing ca­reer.

The Dutch young­ster ar­rived at United as a de­fen­sive mid­fielder but much of his game time for the Reds has come in de­fence.

How­ever, ahead of his long-awaited re­turn, Fosu-Men­sah ad­mit­ted a re­turn to mid­field could be on the cards.

“I can play across the back four or even sit­ting in mid­field, but it’s al­ways good to have com­pe­ti­tion,” Fosu-Men­sah said.

“That’s foot­ball - it’s one of the big­gest, if not the big­gest, clubs in the world so you ex­pect com­pe­ti­tion in the team. I love this club. I came here when I was a kid and they took very good care of me and made me a pro­fes­sional player. It’s won­der­ful to play for this club. I don’t want this to stop. I’m def­i­nitely ex­cited for the fu­ture - I think it looks very bright.”

Hav­ing been out of ac­tion for so long, Fosu-Men­sah ac­knowl­edges he will have to be eased back into things.

He added: “I do like to watch foot­ball, though, and like to see our team and go to ev­ery game at the sta­dium to sup­port the lads.

“I think I might need one or two ap­pear­ances to get my fit­ness back in the Un­der-23s af­ter be­ing out for so long. That would help me.”

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