Timothy Fosu-Mensah is reportedly sweating over his Manchester United future and remains in the dark over a fresh contract.
The Netherlands international made an eye-catching senior team breakthrough during Louis van Gaal’s reign but his Old Trafford career has stalled in recent years.
He endured difficult loan stints at Crystal Palace and Fulham and suffered a knee injury playing for the Cottagers versus Everton last April and is only now closing in on a return to first-team training.
Astonishingly, the 22-year-old has not represented United at senior team level since May 2017 but was name-checked by manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as a possible makeshift midfielder amid a mounting injury crisis back a couple of months ago.
Fosu-Mensah’s return to action has been further delayed by the coronavirus crisis which has seen the Premier League season suspended indefinitely.
But according to the Daily Mail, the Red Devils will wait until the youngster has shown he is capable of making a full recovery from his serious injury before committing to a fresh deal.
Meantime, Paul Pogba has leapt to the defence of England international Jesse Lingard by pointing out the teammate’s track record in big matches.
The 27-year-old star has fallen down the pecking order at the Red Devils, making only nine Premier League starts this campaign and failing to score or assist a single top-flight goal.
However, Jesse has previously netted winners in the FA Cup final and Community Shield, in addition to netting in the 2017 League Cup final, and Pogba insists that Lingard thrives on the big stage.
“He knows. He knows. He’s made for this. He’s always banging in goals,” Paul told United’s official website.
“He’s always been banging in goals anyway. It was a very good game for all of us. Everyone played well and we had a very strong performance.”