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Man United's Timothy Fosu-Mensah joins Crystal Palace on loan

Timothy Fosu-Mensah broke through under the management of Louis van Gaal.

Manchester United defender Timothy Fosu-Mensah has joined Crystal Palace on a season-long loan deal.

Fosu-Mensah, 19, has seen his hopes of first-team football hit by the £31 million summer arrival of Victor Lindelof from Benfica.

He broke into the United's first team under the management of Louis van Gaal in 2015-16 season, when he made 10 senior appearances.But Fosu-Mensah struggled to emulate that under Jose Mourinho, featuring in four Premier League games.

"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," he told the club website. "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 now links up with fellow Dutchman Frank de Boer at Selhurst Park, having arrived at United from Ajax in 2014.

"Timothy is a player who has great pace and incredible physical ability," De Boer added. "In today's game you need players with strength and speed and is a player who can also play in midfield.

"I am seeing him in our system as a right centre back but he can also play full back in a 4-3-3."

Rob is ESPN FC's Manchester United correspondent. Follow him on Twitter @RobDawsonESPN.

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