Tyrell Malacia's move to Manchester United should prompt Jurrien Timber to reconsider Ajax stay

Manchester United are closing in on a move for Feyenoord defender Tyrell Malacia, report The Times.

The defender will cost as little as £15 million, a bargain for a Dutch international.

And that’s where it gets interesting, with Malacia in a near identical position to Jurrien Timber, who has been scared off a move to Manchester United.

Louis van Gaal warned Timber a move to United cost cost him his World Cup place, and The Guardian report he has decided to stay put at Ajax.

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Malacia should prompt Jurrien Timber to reconsider

Malacia made his international debut for the Netherlands in September 2021, and he has five caps to his name.

His place in the Dutch squad is arguably even more precarious than Timber’s, who made his international debut in June 2021 and has eight caps.

While Timber has been scared off a move to Manchester United, Malacia is ready to embrace it.

Quoted by Dutch outlet fr12.nl earlier this month, Malacia said: “I am certainly ready for the next step.”

This is the type of bravery Manchester United want from a new signing, especially one who is not guaranteed a starting spot.

Malacia will have to battle Luke Shaw for a place, with Alex Telles potentially being moved on. There could be added competition from Alvaro Fernandez.

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If only Jurrien Timber showed the same attitude. The Times reported how United were looking at a £43 million swoop for Timber last month before he changed his mind and decided to stay at Ajax.

Well, it’s not too late for another U-turn. Timber should look at Malacia’s move to the Red Devils and consider showing the same bravery himself.

If Malacia succeeds in going to the World Cup and making the Dutch squad, Timber really may well look back and wonder if he should have just made the same decision too.

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