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Timothy Fosu-Mensah completes £1.8m move from Man United to Bayer Leverkusen

Timothy Fosu-Mensah has completed his £1.8million move from Manchester United to Bayer Leverkusen.

The 23-year-old defender leaves Old Trafford having made 30 first-team appearances over the past six-and-a-half season – but just three this season.

His time with United also included loan spells at Crystal Palace in 2017-18 and Fulham the following season as successive managers failed to be impressed enough to give him a regular spot.

Fosu-Mensah has now agreed a contract until 2024 with the Bundesliga club, who are currently third in the table and hopeful of challenging Bayern Munich for the title.

A source close to Fosu-Mensah has told the Manchester Evening News that the 23-year-old is sad to be leaving United but is ‘excited to get a fresh start and show people what he is really capable of.’

The Holland international is well regarded for his versatility and is capable of playing at centre-half, right-back or as a defensive midfield.

United signed him from the Ajax academy in 2014 and he was handed a professional debut – paying at left-back – by Louis van Gaal in a 3-2 Premier League win over Arsenal in February 2016.

Plagued by injuries, Van Gaal played Fosu-Mensah 10 times before the end of that season and 11 times in the next campaign.

But Jose Mourinho decided to send the youngster out on loan twice and he was never able to regain his place in the United side.

He has been used sparingly by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer this season, having struggled in the 3-1 home defeat by Crystal Palace in United’s opening Premier League fixture.

He subsequently made substitute appearances in the Champions League games away to Istanbul Basaksehir and RB Leipzig.

Fosu-Mensah hadn’t been named in a United squad since the Carabao Cup quarter-final away to Everton just before Christmas and Solskjaer gave the green light for him to move away.

 

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