Tyrell Malacia to Manchester United: Five reasons the Red Devils are striking gold

Manchester United are closing in on a move for left-back Tyrell Malacia. The Times reports the Red Devils will pay £15 million for the defender.

Malacia will add competition in a key position for the Red Devils and this is a sensible deal to make.

United have nipped in ahead of Lyon, after the French side thought they had agreed a move for the player.

Here is a look at five reasons why United could be striking gold with a move for the Dutchman.

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Value for an international player

£15 million is excellent value for a player who is already an international. He has five caps with the Netherlands to his name so far after making his debut last year.

At only 22, this is a smart investment for United with little risk, and the type of deal required to offset the bigger spend on Frenkie de Jong.

So often we look at clubs and wonder ‘why didn’t Manchester United make that deal’ when we see Premier League clubs sign promising talents at a good value price. This time it is United making the deal.

Malacia’s value could soar further if he gets to play at the World Cup. Moving now, rather than ahead of the tournament is great timing.

Malacia isn’t scared

When asked last month about his next move, Malacia told fr12.nl: “I am certainly ready for the next step.”

This is what we like to hear, no sweating over his World Cup place and playing it safe by staying at Feyenoord.

Malacia backs himself and is ambitious, and the chance to join Manchester United is seen as an exciting opportunity and not a reason to be fearful.

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He can cross

Manchester United need full-backs to attack, the position is key to the way Erik ten Hag sets his teams up. Malacia has shown he can deliver.

Just last month he provided the match-winning cross against Wales, after Frenkie de Jong supplied him with a pass, for Wout Weghorst to score a decisive header.

In the 2021/22 season it did not feel like Manchester United got the best out of Cristiano Ronaldo aerially, and with the five-time Ballon d’Or winner in the centre, Malacia will have one of the greatest ever headers of the ball to aim at.

Ability on big stage

Malacia has shown with his brief international performances that he can handle the big stage, and he has also thrived for Feyenoord in cup competitions.

He was excellent in the Europa Conference League final against Jose Mourinho’s Roma, completing 41 of 43 passes, and winning 7 out of 10 duels.

United need a player with the character to handle playing at Old Trafford, and Malacia has so far risen to every test in front of him.

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Balance to his game

Malacia has balance to his game, something United need from a full-back. Aaron Wan-Bissaka has shown it can’t all be about tackling and defending.

When it comes to the defensive side, Malacia is adept, avergaing 2.7 tackles per game in the Eredivisie last season, but he also likes to get forward.

Malacia averaged 1.1 shots per game, compared to Wan-Bissaka’s 0.3 per game.

The Dutch talent has all the tools in his game to be an excellent full-back and Erik ten Hag’s coaching can help him develop further.

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