Timothy Fosu-Mensah is a major doubt for Manchester United's FA Cup replay against West Ham United on Wednesday (13 April) after going off injured during the Red Devils' 3-0 loss to Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday (10 April). The young defender was one of the best players on the pitch until his withdrawal, which will be a blow for Louis van Gaal despite having a number of replacements.
The 18-year-old defender has put in some impressive performances following his breakthrough earlier this year, and has also displayed his versatility by playing all across the back four. He has made six appearances in the Premier League thus far, with his most accomplished performance coming as a centre-back during the Red Devils' 1-0 win over Watford in February.
The Dutch manager confirmed his injury following their loss at White Hart Lane, and he is unlikely to feature against West Ham, with the manager likely to start Matteo Darmian in his place at right-back. Wayne Rooney, meanwhile, proved his fitness by playing for an hour for the United U21 side during their win over Middlesbrough, and Van Gaal had indicated that he will be considered if he comes through successfully with the second string side. Phil Jones, however, is unlikely to be involved since he completed the entire 90 minutes, which was just his second appearance in over four months.
"Tim Fosu-Mensah impressed as a starter at right-back against Tottenham but the young Dutchman was unfortunately forced to exit on 68 minutes through injury, so it remains to be seen whether he is fit enough to play," a statement on the official United site read.
"Elsewhere, Wayne Rooney registered 61 minutes for the Under-21s on Monday night when Phil Jones played a full match at Old Trafford," the statement added.