Van Gaal reacts to Fosu-Mensah’s display in Man United’s win over Watford

Louis van Gaal was impressed by the teenager's performance against Watford...

Louis van Gaal singled out Timothy Fosu-Mensah for special praise after Manchester United continued their recent mini-resurgence with a 1-0 victory over Watford at Old Trafford on Wednesday night.

The 18-year-old defender made his first start for United against the Hornets on Wednesday after coming off the bench against Arsenal at the weekend to make his first-team debut for the club.

Van Gaal has had to call on a number of United’s youngsters in recent games due to the club’s current injury woes.

And the Dutchman has admitted that he was thrilled by Fosu-Mensah’s display against the Hornets, as United secured a 1-0 win at Old Trafford thanks to Juan Mata’s second-half free-kick.

Speaking to United’s website after the game, Van Gaal said: “Timothy has saved us three times, I think, because of his speed.

“So I was very pleased that he was on the pitch. He wanted to be changed early in the second half [because he picked up a knock] but I let him stay on because he always closed the door for us.

“I think the youngsters have given us a lot of spirit and now, when you see the dressing room full of joy with all the players laughing, it’s beautiful to see.”

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Wednesday’s win left the Red Devils level on points with fourth-placed Manchester City heading into the final 10 games of the season.

United travel to West Bromwich Albion in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon.

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