Crystal Palace’s smart summer of business continued on Thursday afternoon after it was announced that they have secured the services of Manchester United’s Timothy Fosu-Mensah for the new season.
The 19-year-old will join Chelsea’s Ruben Loftus-Cheek in becoming the second player to arrive at Selhurst Park on a season-long loan, and could be in contention to start against Huddersfield on Saturday.
Speaking to the Palace official website, Fosu-Mensah said:
“The manager spoke to me about coming down to join Crystal Palace and it was clear that he wanted me to be part of his squad which as a player gives you a great feeling straight away.
“I must now repay that back by putting in some good performances for the club.
“I am only 19 years old and still have a lot to learn and therefore getting the opportunity to play more games on a regular basis will help my development.”
Fosu-Mensah made the breakthrough into the Manchester United starting eleven under Louis van Gaal, making ten appearances in the 2015-16 season and impressing with how quickly he adapted to first-team football at Old Trafford, but opportunities have been limited since Jose Mourinho’s arrival last year.
Crystal Palace began the action on social media by announcing his arrival…
— Crystal Palace F.C. (@CPFC) August 10, 2017
And Palace fans were understandably pleased with their new signing…
Love the way we are bringing in young, strong, athletic and versatile players. Loftus-Cheek and Fosu-Mensah are both 6 foot 3!#CPFC
— CPFC HQ (@CPFCHQ) August 7, 2017
Fosu Mensah/Loftus Cheek pairing at Crystal Palace is actually really good
— ? (@OVONaser) August 7, 2017
Crystal Palace will be known as Timothy Fosu Mensah FC for the forthcoming season.
— Adam McKola (@AdamMcKola) August 7, 2017
Even if a select few were hoping for the return of cult hero Mamadou Sakho instead…
Meaning no Sakho deal. I genuinely feel bad for Mama. Should be brought back into the fold at #lfc, would still be their best defender
— Henry Charles (@hgcNYC) August 7, 2017
If we get Fosu-Mensah, that means we can't loan Sakho because we have 2 domestic loans. It pretty much kills the deal ?? #CPFC
— Harry (@ScottDannFan) August 7, 2017
On the flip side, some United supporters wondered what Mourinho’s playing at…
Fosu-Mensah away on loan all season is a mistake.
— Ivan Vivar (@ayevarviva) August 7, 2017
Not happy with Fosu Mensah going for loan!! I genuinely feel he is ready for first team!! #MUFC
— ArunAshok (@arun661) August 7, 2017
Mou thinking signing Bale will make me forget about the fact he will loan out Fosu-Mensah loool be careful while you're sleeping Mou lad
— FS (@lingarddontdab) August 7, 2017
Although others see the move as part of his grand plan for Fosu-Mensah’s United career…
Fosu-Mensah off to Crystal Palace on loan, Good for him to gain experience as he'll be playing every week #MUFC
— Brighton Loui Sakala (@BLS4United) August 7, 2017
Still hard to believe Tim Fosu-Mensah is still only 19, this loan move will do him and United a world of good
— Alexandra (@arich202) August 7, 2017
Will do tons of good for Fosu-Mensah to be loaned out & play regularly in the PL. Nice to see that José sees a future in him as well.
— Adam (@_UtdAdam) August 7, 2017
And lastly, speculation grows as to whether it’s a green light for a new arrival at Old Trafford…
— Saleh Fahad (@Saleh_Fahad) August 7, 2017
Fosu mensah going to palace just means we are signing either aurier or roberto. Aurier more likely after his hearing #MUFC
— Soham Shah (@Soham1208) August 7, 2017
Oh, and there’s always one that brings poor Marouane Fellaini into it…
How is fellaini still at my club when we're letting players like fosu-mensah go out on loan????????
— JS? (@JodieStatham_) August 7, 2017
What do you think Palace fans? Is Fosu-Mensah a great coup? Let us know below.