Timothy Fosu-Mensah is the latest player to get into the good books of manager Louis van Gaal as he lavishes praise on the youngster following his masterful full debut in the 2-1 over Watford at Stamford Bridge yesterday.
The 18-year-old was handed the opportunity of playing as a center-back as Chris Smalling failed to recover from a shoulder injury.
Fosu-Mensah who joined the Red Devils from Ajax in 2014 responded by making a number of important challenges as his speed proved to be an asset in the 1-0 win to keep United in hunt for a top four finish.
“Timothy has saved us three times because of his speed so I am very pleased that he was on the pitch. He always closed the door for us,” the United boss told reporters.
On the hard earned win he said: “I am very happy for the players because they have fought until the end, and they knew out on the pitch that our competitors were losing.
“We wanted to win, you have to win against Watford at home, I think, but it was a difficult game because of the wind. It became a physical game and, when you see the size of our opponents compared to us, it’s very difficult for us. We fought until the end and scored a goal, so I am very happy for them.”
Manchester United are now equal on 47 points with fourth placed Manchester City but their neighbours have a game in hand.