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Youngster ready to fight for first-team football at Man Utd next season

After spending a season on loan with Crystal Palace, Timothy Fosu-Mensah is targeting first-team football at Manchester United.

The 20-year-old spent the season at Selhurst Park and made 21 appearances in the Premier League, whilst earning his first call-up to the Netherlands team – winning three caps last season.

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However, Netherlands’ failure to qualify for the World Cup ruled out Fosu Mensah’s chance of representing his country at football’s biggest international competition.

Fosu-Mensah is due back at Old Trafford in July and ESPN have it on record that he is likely to be part of the United squad for this summer’s tour of the United States before a decision is made on his future.

“I’m not sure what’s coming up for me next season, but I want to compete at Manchester United and try to play,” he told the official Crystal Palace website. “I just need to keep focusing on myself, try and become a better player and keep playing games.”

Louis van Gaal handed Fosu-Mensah his debut in 2016, and it was Frank de Boer who brought him to Palace last summer before being replaced by Roy Hodgson.

“I think it was a good season and I enjoyed it a lot,” Fosu-Mensah added. “As a young player you have to learn and you’re going to make mistakes, but Palace gave me an opportunity. It’s been great to play for a beautiful club like Palace in the Premier League – it was just amazing.

“I’ll always be thankful for the opportunities they gave me. I played plenty of games for the club, and by playing games you’re going to mature. It has definitely helped me learn the tactical aspect of the game, and because of them I was able to represent Holland in August.”

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