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Fosu-Mensah names former United teammate he would most hate to defend against

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Timothy Fosu-Mensah has named the Manchester United youngster he would least like to defend against.

Dutch international Fosu-Mensah broke onto the scene over five years ago, making his senior debut from the bench in February 2016 during United’s 3-2 victory over Arsenal.

Fosu-Mensah was pitted against such prodigious attacking talents as Marcus Rashford, Romelu Lukaku and Anthony Martial on the training ground as he emerged through the ranks, so he knows first-hand what attacking talent looks like.

And when the Dutchman took to Twitter on Sunday to answer questions from fans, he revealed Mason Greenwood as the Manchester United youngster he would least like to defend against.

The pair know each other well having been teammates at Old Trafford, appearing in seven senior games together before Fosu-Mensah left for Bayer Leverkusen in January.

The versatile defender showed plenty of signs of promise in his first 18 months as United supporters took note of the tough-tackling approach that helped him become a fan favourite during Jose Mourinho’s first season at Old Trafford.

Fosu-Mensah then enjoyed a fruitful loan spell with Crystal Palace during the 2017/18 campaign before a less successful loan stint with Fulham 12 months later that was marred by injuries.

Such setbacks quickly became a common theme for the youngster and after it became clear that United boss Solskjaer wasn’t going to give him many first-team opportunities the 23-year-old departed for Bundesliga club Bayer Leverkusen in January of this year.

He started well at the German side before enduring another injury problem that brought his season to an end, tearing his ACL back in February after falling awkwardly during a match against Freiburg.

It is the second time that he has suffered an ACL tear after enduring the same injury during his time with the Cottagers back in 2019.

Greenwood enjoyed a productive 2019/20 campaign, scoring 17 goals to help earn himself a call-up to the England squad for UEFA Nations League matches last summer before he eventually was withdrawn from the squad after breaking COVID-19 quarantine guidelines following a match with Iceland.

Greenwood struggled for consistency back at United thereafter, failing to score a Premier League goal in a difficult spell between December and April.

However, the teenage starlet began to pick up some form in the latter stages of the season, eventually finishing the season with 18 goals and assists across all competitions and earning himself a spot in England’s 33-man squad for Euro 2020.

Unfortunately Greenwood had to pull out of the tournament due to ongoing fitness problems but the call-up, as well as the recent inclusion on the 2021 Golden Boy shortlist, will hopefully be huge confidence boost for the goalscoring winger ahead of the 2021/22 season.

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