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It’s time for Timothy Fosu-Mensah to step up.

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Injuries, suspensions, and departures have left United thin in midfield. Fosu-Mensah can be the solution.

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While José Mourinho has been very reluctant to use Timothy Fosu-Mensah in the last couple of months for reasons that the vast majority of fans cannot see, recent injuries, sales and suspensions are probably going to change his mind. If there was a time for young Timbo to amaze everyone, it is now.

Paul Pogba is not 100% fit for the West Brom match, Bastian Schweinsteiger left for Chicago Fire, Ander Herrera is still suspended and the Messi of chest play, Marouane Fellaini, got injured with his national team in recent days, therefore leaving a 35 year-old Michael Carrick as the only senior option in midfield (well, you have Daley Blind... yeah, we're not buying that one, either).

If only we had a young, athletic and capable midfielder in the ranks... wait, we do!

While Fosu-Mensah never had a proper run in midfield, mostly playing as a defender during Van Gaal's tenure, it's the Dutchman's natural position and one where he got comparisons with Paul Pogba himself. He certainly doesn't have Pogba's skillset but he does have the technique and the power to have a presence in midfield, especially against a team of West Brom's nature.

And if we are too worried about that choice, we can always throw Wayne "He Who Leads" Rooney to the midfield. What's the worst thing it could happen?

What do you make of Fosu-Mensah's possible start against West Brom? Would you like to see other options?