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Malacia becomes Ten Hag’s first signing at Man Utd


London (AFP) – Manchester United completed their swoop for Feyenoord defender Tyrell Malacia on Tuesday as Erik ten Hag made his first signing since taking charge at Old Trafford.

United landed Malacia in a reported £12.95 million ($15.4 million) deal after making a late move to sign the Netherlands full-back, who had been close to joining French club Lyon.

The 22-year-old has agreed a four-year contract with the option of a further 12 months.

It is a landmark deal for Ten Hag, who had been linked with a host of potential signings before finally making Malacia the first acquisition of his United reign.

Ten Hag arrived at United in May after finishing his successful spell at Ajax, where he had plenty of opportunities to see Malacia’s quality with Dutch rivals Feyenoord.

Malacia, who made 136 appearances for Feyenoord, said: “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 leading us.

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

“Whilst I know that 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 pull on the red shirt.”

Malacia, who plays largely at left-back, is expected to be part of the United squad that leaves for the pre-season tour of Thailand and Australia on Friday.

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4 Comments

4 Comments

  1. Mercator

    July 6, 2022 at 1:02 pm

    Oh man I saw some clips yesterday of the United training and they compared it to the same drills over at Ajax – no wonder Ronaldo wants to leave!

    • MarkB

      July 6, 2022 at 8:28 pm

      Ronaldo wants to leave because he has the largest ego on the planet of anyone not named Donald Trump.

      • Mercator

        July 7, 2022 at 11:21 am

        Maybe true, but even the most humble would want out after that display. A number of United players seem incapable of playing one touch football or using their opposite foot.

  2. Daniel

    July 6, 2022 at 2:25 am

    It doesn’t matter. Without CR7. They will be lucky to finish in the top 10 of the league. The Glazers have destroyed United.

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