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Published: 19:14 | 19/10/16

Fosu-Mensah signs new Man Utd deal


Timothy Fosu-Mensah wants to "repay the trust" Manchester United have shown in him after signing a new long-term deal at Old Trafford.

The 18-year-old, who joined United from Ajax Amsterdam in 2014, made his debut under then-boss Louis van Gaal against Arsenal last season and has featured eight times in the Premier League, and 12 times in total, for the Red Devils.

United boss Jose Mourinho sees the Dutch defender as a potential first-team player and has sanctioned the new contract, which will keep him at the club until 2020.

"Tim is a young player with great potential. I am pleased that he has signed a new contract and I am delighted at the progress he has made so far," the Portuguese said.

"It is clear to see that he is learning every day in training and there will be plenty of opportunities for him as the season continues."

Fosu-Mensah, who started the Europa League match against Ukrainian side Zorya Luhansk last month, said: “I am delighted to have signed a new contract here at Manchester United.

"I have enjoyed every minute since I joined this great club and I want to continue the progress that I feel I have made so far.

"I am learning every day from the manager and the coaching staff. I appreciate the trust that the club has in me and I want to repay that with my performances on the pitch."

But Mourinho was less forthcoming over the future of Henrikh Mkhitaryan, United’s £26m summer signing from Borussia Dortmund, and refused to confirm if the Armenian would feature in Thursday's Europa League tie with Fenerbahce at Old Trafford.

Mkhitaryan has started just one game for Mourinho, the 2-1 home derby ­defeat to Manchester City on 10 September where he was substituted at half-time, and has struggled to regain his fitness following a thigh injury.

"He was injured for quite a long time," Mourinho said.

"Now he is not injured any more. He has been training with the team without any limitation.

"I cannot confirm if he plays tomorrow. Now he is fit and now it is time for him to go back to the levels we know he can achieve."

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