Man Utd: Who is Dutch full-back Tyrell Malacia?

Tyrell Malacia of Feyenoord kicks ball

Manchester United are heavily linked with Dutch full-back Tyrell Malacia, but who is he? Here we have everything you need to know about the young defender.

The Red Devils have been mightily quiet so far in the transfer market. They’ve been linked to just about every single available player under the sun, but none of these deals have come to fruition. The key name that United have been tied to so far this summer is FC Barcelona’s Frenkie de Jong, with the midfielder heavily reported to a move to Old Trafford, but nothing has been confirmed as of yet.

Now a new Dutch name has emerged as a potential transfer to the red side of Manchester, with Feyenoord full-back Tyrell Malacia the latest player to be rumoured to be joining. It was apparent that Lyon had a verbal agreement in place with the young Dutchman, but United have now hijacked the deal in an attempt to acquire his services.

But who is the young full-back? How could he improve Manchester United’s squad? Here we have everything you need to know about him.

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Who is Tyrell Malacia?

Tyrell Malacia of Feyenoord looks on
TIRANA, ALBANIA – MAY 24: Tyrell Malacia of Feyenoord looks on during a training session at Arena Kombetare on May 24, 2022, in Tirana, Albania. AS Roma will face Feyenoord in the UEFA Conference League final on May 25, 2022. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)

Tyrell Malacia was born and raised in Rotterdam, which has been his beloved home ever since. He was always gifted in terms of footballing ability, so much so that he was snapped up by Feyenoord academy at the young age of nine.

He had undeniable talent in his youth, he represented the Netherlands from an Under-16 level to the Under-21. He has now since progressed to feature five times for the Oranje, with him also looking ever likely to feature in Louis van Gaal’s 26-man squad for the World Cup in Qatar.

He’s adapted well to the Netherland’s five at the back wing-back role, which could give Erik ten Hag something to think about when implementing a new style of play at Old Trafford.


How does he play?

Tyrell Malacia of The Netherlands
CARDIFF, WALES – JUNE 08: Tyrell Malacia of The Netherlands in action during the UEFA Nations League League A Group 4 match between Wales and Netherlands at Cardiff City Stadium on June 08, 2022, in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Malacia goes by the nickname ‘the pitbull’, which is a perfect way to describe how the full-back plays.

He plays with his heart on his sleeve with sheer speed and tenacity on the left flank, hunting down opponents when they’re travelling on his wing – something that United have been missing out on in the past couple of seasons.

His attacking qualities also shine through for club and country, he certainly likes to explore up the pitch in the hopes of making something happen. The modern-day game craves a full-back that has both attacking and defensive qualities, which Malacia appears to have in abundance – so he could be a real game-changer for United’s side.

Here’s a highlight compilation on YouTube that showcases some of the young lad’s talent.


How much will Tyrell Malacia cost?

Tyrell Malacia of Feyenoord in action
ROTTERDAM, NETHERLANDS – APRIL 07: Tyrell Malacia of Feyenoord in action during the UEFA Conference League Quarter Final Leg One match between Feyenoord and Slavia Praha on April 07, 2022, in Rotterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

According to reports – United have got a deal in place for £15.7 million for Tyrell Malacia.

This was a man that Erik ten Hag wanted at Ajax last season, so this looks like an absolute bargain for the Red Devils.

It’s unbeknown whether this deal will go through, but it seems that the Dutchman could be a good fit for the new era at Manchester United.


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