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The Red Devils defender admitted to talking about a move to Old Trafford for a compatriot and hopes he will thrive in English football.
Timothy Fosu-Mensah has revealed that he played a small role in luring Donny van de Beek to Manchester United with a ‘bigger club’ transfer pitch.
The Red Devils added another Dutchman to their ranks during the summer window when Van de Beek was fired from Ajax, and the highly rated Dutch international opted to head to Old Trafford rather than the other options available to him.
Fosu-Mensah sought a familiar face before the big decision of his career was made, with the Red Devils defender selling the prestige of representing United to a compatriot.
The 22-year-old, who once spent time playing alongside Van de Beek in the academy ranks at Ajax, told the Red Devils’ official Web site: “I told him that United is a great club, if not the greatest.
“I said it’s good if you get a chance to come here. We have very good colleagues, the quality here is very good.
“I told him, ‘It’s up to you because I can’t make the decision for you but it’s a very good club.’ At the end of the day, it was his decision. “
Van de Beek has gotten off to a slow start to life in England, with regular playing time proving difficult to come by amid fierce competition for places.
However, Fosu-Mensah is confident that the classy playmaker will do well once he is fully up to speed.
And he added: “He is a good player, a player with many qualities and I think he is also a good guy, so he will bring many positive things to the club.”
Fosu-Mensah, who has played two games for United this season, went on to say of having another compatriot in Manchester: “It feels good.
“It is special also because we have seen each other since we were very little, we grew up and then I left when I was 16 years old. He was still at Ajax but we always had good contact with each other.
“When I went to United, I was still playing for the Dutch youth teams, the U-17, the U-18, the U-19, the U-21, and he was always there. So it is very special to see him now at Manchester United.
Van de Beek received a starting spot in United’s last outing in the Premier League against West Ham, but was pulled at halftime when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer asked Bruno Fernandes to provide a spark in what turned out to be another productive afternoon. for the Red Devils. far from home.