Jose Mourinho’s negativity has carried on into the 2018/19 season as he has so far neglected to emphasise the opportunities available to Manchester United’s young players if they impress on the club’s pre-season tour.

The Portuguese has chosen to focus on the absence of key senior players – as if United are the only club in the world struggling with the after-effects of the World Cup – rather than underline that the trip to the United States presents a huge chance to some unheralded names to make themselves established first-team stars.

One man who should be eyeing up the pre-season programme as an opportunity to prove his worth is Dutchman Timothy Fosu-Mensah, who spent last season on loan at Crystal Palace.

However, Spanish outfit Valencia are reportedly circling with a view to a move for the versatile defender, although their recent signing of right-back Piccini may see their interest cool.

So, we asked whether United should sell the promising 6ft 3in prospect and a resounding 87 per cent want him to stay at Old Trafford this season, surely with hopes of getting back into the first-team picture…

Sam Preston