Erik ten Hag gives verdict on Man Utd signing Tyrell Malacia

It was a slow start to the transfer window for Manchester United but earlier this week, their first signing of the summer was unveiled.

Tyrell Malacia, the former Feyenoord star, joined the club on a four-year deal and will hope to challenge Luke Shaw for the number one spot on the left flank.

The 22-year-old knows Erik ten Hag well from their time in the Eredivisie and United’s new boss has now delivered his verdict on the Dutch international, explaining to United supporters that their latest acquisition is a ‘modern’ full-back.

“I think he’s the modern full-back,” Ten Hag said in an interview with Manchester United’s official website ahead of this summer’s pre-season tour.

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“He suits the profile and most important is, from every full-back, that he closes the white area. But he can also take part in the offensive of our game. He can do that really good and I think he will really contribute to the team and the result.”

Malacia’s arrival could also have a knock-on effect on some of the other defenders at the club, with Alex Telles and Brandon Williams becoming increasingly likely to leave the club. Williams was left out of Ten Hag’s 31-man tour squad due to injury.

Malacia’s arrival at Old Trafford was met by excitement from supporters and earlier this week, United hero Robin van Persie backed the young defender to succeed.

SN’s verdict…
At the start of the summer, signing a left-back would’ve been low on United’s list of priorities but it’s good to see that the manager’s judgment is being trusted.

It’s clear that pursuing Malacia was done on the back of Ten Hag’s wish and it’s going to be interesting to see if Shaw retains his status as the undisputed first choice at left-back.

Malacia will fancy his chances to impress considering Shaw’s ongoing injury problems. The England international is also out of contract in 12 months.

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