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Fosu-Mensah on Manchester United exit: “It was the best decision for me”

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Bayer Leverkusen’s new player Timothy Fosu-Mensah has opened up about his departure from Manchester United this January.

After almost seven years at Old Trafford, Timothy Fosu-Mensah left the Red Devils this January and embarked on a new adventure with Bayer Leverkusen. The 23-year-old defender struggled to get minutes on the pitch in England after sustaining a serious knee injury while on loan at Fulham.

A month after his arrival in the Bundesliga, Fosu-Mensah decided to clarify the circumstances that led to his departure from Manchester. In fact, it remained unclear up until now if United had pushed the Dutchman out the door.

“It was my decision,” the player told PA Sport as per Goal. “It was difficult because I ruptured my ACL after my loan spell at Fulham. I was out for a long time. I came back, Solskjaer gave me the minutes, they triggered the option in my contract.

“Solskjaer’s been good to me but in the end, I was not playing a lot. Obviously, when you’re 22, 23, 24 you need to be playing. I didn’t play much and I wanted to play. I think it was the best decision in the end for me to go somewhere else where I would get more minutes.”

Fosu-Mensah also spoke about his first month in the Bundesliga.

The Dutch defender has featured Bayer Leverkusen’s last four matches, meaning he has already doubled the appearances he had at United. Therefore, it is natural that the player’s confidence levels are up and he’s enjoying his new home.

“Bayer Leverkusen is a very nice club with tradition, good people and good players. I can adapt quickly and the manager (Peter Bosz) has given me a good amount of minutes,” added Fosu-Mensah. “I know what the manager and club want and I’m working hard to fulfil the messages. It has been good so far. I just want to keep going.”