Tyrell Malacia: Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag makes Feyenoord left-back his first signing at Old Trafford | football news

Tyrell Malacia has become the first signing of Erik ten Hag’s Manchester United reign after the left-back completed a £14.7m move from Feyenoord.

The 22-year-old has signed a four-year contract at Old Trafford, with the option to extend it for a further year.

United agreed a package deal with the Eredivisie side last week for an initial value of around £13m, with an additional £1.7m in add-ons and a possible sell clause.

United stepped up their interest in the Dutch international in a bid to beat competition from French club Lyon.

Malacia is a talent that Ten Hag knows well, having scouted him a lot as head coach of Ajax. He fits the player profile the Dutchman wants at Old Trafford and the manager believes he will specifically improve United in the transition phases.

Malacia appeals to Ten Hag given his speed, positional awareness, high interception rate, and ability to attack space.

At Carrington it is believed he has the tools to become an elite full-back and he can become just that under the 52-year-old’s guidance.

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Malacia has signed a contract until June 2026, with the option of extending it for another year

The club was measured in pursuit of this deal, waiting for Feyenoord to lock in a price with Lyon first before acting forward lest a valuation be overpriced.

It’s a clear strategy that is also reflected in his move for Arsenal target Lisandro Martinez, who has told Ajax he wants to leave this summer to play in the Premier League.

Malacia shares an agency, HCM Sports Management, with Frenkie de Jong; main goal of the club this summer. The same agency also represents Donny van de Beek and Victor Lindelof.

Malacia: Have a tremendous manager

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Tyrell Malacia has become Manchester United’s first signing this summer

Speaking about his move to United, Malacia told the club’s official website: “It’s an incredible feeling to have joined Manchester United. This is a new chapter for me, a new league with new team-mates and a tremendous manager.” [Erik ten Hag] guiding us

“I know from playing against his teams in the Eredivisie, the qualities he has and what he demands of his players.

“Although I know I am still young and will continue to develop, I can promise the United fans that I will leave everything on the pitch every time I put on the red shirt. I will always be grateful to Feyenoord for everything they have.” delivered to me and my family.

“None of this would be possible if it wasn’t for them. I am now ready to focus on the future with United and help my new club succeed.”

Meanwhile, Manchester United director of football John Murtough said: “Tyrell is an exciting and dynamic young footballer with excellent experience for his age, including five seasons in the Eredivisie, a European final and full international honors for the Netherlands.

“We look forward to seeing him continue to develop under the guidance of Erik ten Hag and his team of coaches for years to come.”

What attracted Ten Hag to sign Malacia?

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Tyrell Malacia says he always dreamed of playing in the Premier League after becoming Erik ten Hag’s first signing since becoming Manchester United manager.

Melissa Reddy, Senior Reporter for Sky Sports News:

“Manchester United fans have waited a while for this first signing of the Erik ten Hag era, but the manager knows the full-back very well. He explored him a lot while at Ajax and United were quite smart and measured in how they approached him. they took their time waiting for Lyon and Feyenoord to agree on a fee so they wouldn’t be overpriced.

“Ten Hag feels that Malacia will help United’s transition game as he is quite a quick player with positional awareness and very technically gifted. Malacia is educated in Total Football so he is comfortable in possession and solid. United believe they are a long way from their ceiling and can really develop under Ten Hag.

“The player himself knows that he is coming to a gigantic club with a lot of pressure and expectations, but he knows the demands of the coach.”

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Malacia’s signing comes after Cristiano Ronaldo told the club he wants to leave this summer to play in the Champions League amid the Portuguese striker’s concern over United’s lack of transfer activity this summer.

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But the signing of Malacia could soon be followed by the arrival of Christian Eriksen after the Danish international agreed in principle to join United on a free transfer.

However, Ronaldo’s future remains unclear, and United are unsure if the 37-year-old will fly with the team on Friday for their pre-season tour of Thailand and Australia.

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Ronaldo was absent for pre-season training on Monday morning, but his absence from training is understood to have been due to family reasons, and United accepted this explanation.

United’s position on Ronaldo remains that he has one year left on his contract and is not for sale, despite his desire to leave Old Trafford.

Futures of Telles and Williams in doubt

With Malacia’s move confirmed, United could now consider offers for left-back Alex Telles.

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Telles has two years left on his contract and United have the option to extend it for a further year.

United will also discuss the immediate future of Brandon Williams. All sides will discuss whether his development is better served by staying at the club or leaving on loan to play regular football.

Williams made 26 Premier League appearances on loan at Norwich City last season.

‘Malacia can change the way United attack’

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Michael Bridge and Anton Toloui update the latest on Manchester United’s interest in Feyenoord left-back Tyrell Malacia.

Sky Sports News reporter Anton Toloui:

“This one is interesting, the left-back is where Man United are stacked well. There’s not necessarily a more desperate need for them.

“One person I talk to says he’s the best left-back in the Eredivisie. Malacia is quick, quick and loves to go forward. You see a lot of flashy recovery tackles that look great but I also worry when a defender has to go back.

“He brings so much yardage, he’s eager to get involved in the game forward, which is what the Man United fans want to see. I can see why there is interest in United as such a dynamic player can change the way they attack.”

Analysis: Malacia excellent in both penalty areas

Sam Blitz, football journalist for Sky Sports:

“Erik Ten Hag was known for his attacking philosophy at Ajax with some skillful passing – Malacia fits perfectly in these two areas of the pitch.

“Going forward, the 22-year-old completed more shots and takes than any other defender in the Eredivisie last season.

“The Dutch international is also comfortable on the ball. Only Ajax’s Daley Blind touched the ball more times and completed more final passes than Malacia of all Eredivisie defenders. Malacia’s six completions are also a division record for the dutch defenders top flight

“And all this attacking play is backed up by some solidity at the back. No Eredivisie left-back completed more innings than the 22-year-old last season, while only the title-winning Blind managed to take more away from him. ball to the opponents”. times in the middle and attacking third than Malacia”.

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The first round of 22/23 Premier League matches
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The first round of 22/23 Premier League matches

Erik ten Hag’s first Premier League game as Manchester United manager will be against Brighton at Old Trafford, live. sky sportson the opening Super Sunday of the 2022/23 season.

After facing Graham Potter’s Seagulls on Sunday, August 7, live on sky Sports, United travel to Brentford for the second round of matches before hosting rivals Liverpool in a blockbuster early-season clash on the weekend of 20 August.

United’s trip to the Etihad Stadium for the first Manchester derby of the season on October 1 kicks off an overwhelming month in which Ten Hag’s side travel to Everton and Chelsea and host Tottenham, Newcastle and West Ham.

The last match before the season break for the winter World Cup will be against Fulham on the weekend of 12-13 November. United then return to action on Boxing Day in Fulham.

2023 will be opened by a home game against promoted Bournemouth. Premier League champions Manchester City are next at Old Trafford on January 14, the return trip to Anfield on March 4, while United conclude their season at home to Fulham on May 28.

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