Wesley Sneijder backs Malacia to start for Netherlands at World Cup

Dutch legend Wesley Sneijder has voiced his support for Manchester United defender Tyrell Malacia.

Sneijder was quoted by Voetbal Zone discussing the battle for the Netherlands left-back spot.

Former United star Daley Blind is Louis van Gaal’s preferred option at the position and has far more experience than the Red Devils new boy.

However, Sneijder believes Malacia is a better all round player, particularly from a defensive point of view.

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Sneijder backs Malacia

Malacia has made a very impressive start at Manchester United since signing from Feyenoord in the summer transfer window.

The 23-year-old has quickly established himself as a regular starter and was called into the Netherlands squad once again for the upcoming international games, where he can add to his five caps.

Sneijder explained that he believes Malacia is his country’s best option for the position.

He said: “I choose Malacia in my team, because he comes up high and is much higher. Then you get more into a 3-5-2 and I like that.

“And of course Blind can play football in those spaces, only he is vulnerable defensively. And we saw that again this week. He wasn’t very defensive, was he?”

Sneijder was referring to Blind’s performance for Ajax against Liverpool during their defeat in the Champions League.

Malacia’s first Manchester United start was against Liverpool last month and he ended up on the winning team in a 2-1 win.

He will hope for an opportunity for his country in the upcoming UEFA Nations League games. Netherlands face Poland on Thursday and Belgium on Sunday.

United meanwhile simply hope Malacia comes back in one piece, ready to start against Manchester City in the next Premier League game in October.

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