Man United left-back Tyrell Malacia plans to use Gary Neville’s praise as fuel to improve his game
Tyrell Malacia plans to use Gary Neville’s ‘kind words’ as fuel to support his development… after the ex-Manchester United captain praised the left-back’s ‘personality, fight and spirit’ during the tumultuous start of Erik ten Hag
- Tyrell Malacia wants to use Gary Neville’s praise as fuel to improve his game
- The Manchester United left-back joined from Feyenoord this summer for £12.9 million
- He impressed from the bench last month when United were beaten 4-0 by Brentford
- Neville praised the 23-year-old’s ‘personality, struggle and spirit’ after his performance
- Malacia has since been a fixture at fullback under manager Erik ten Hag
- He admitted beating Liverpool was huge to turn United’s season around
In-form left-back Tyrell Malacia is keen to use the praise of Manchester United legends such as Gary Neville to boost his development at Old Trafford.
Malacia joined from Feyenoord this summer for an initial fee of £12.9 million and has since become an important part of Erik ten Hag’s first-team plans.
While Man United were humbled with early season defeats to Brighton and Brentford, the fullback was praised for his tenacity from the bench.
Manchester United’s Tyrell Malacia is eager to use Gary Neville’s praise as fuel to improve
The ex-Red Devils star praised the left-back’s ‘personality, struggle and spirit’ earlier this season
Speaking earlier this month, Neville praised Malacia for the ‘personality, struggle and spirit’ he showed after coming on in the second half as a substitute in the 4-0 loss to Brentford.
Malacia, who is currently on international duty with the Netherlands, is eager to use Marcel’s acclaim as fuel to start up.
“Those are nice words and I will certainly use them in my development, but we have to look at my performance game by game,” he said. ESPN.
He has been a fixture on Erik ten Hag’s side since impressive off the bench against Brentford
Malacia arrived at Old Trafford from Feyenoord earlier this summer for £12.9million
‘Yes, [the Premier League is] certainly beautiful, if you may be here. Especially now that I can play every week.’
His hard work on the bench saw the 23-year-old start in Man United’s 2-1 win over Liverpool a week later.
Since the win at Old Trafford, Malacia has been a fixture at Ten Hag’s left-back, with the Red Devils’ victories against Southampton, Leicester and league-leader Arsenal ahead of former first-teamer Luke Shaw.
The Dutchman said: ‘Those are beautiful words and I will certainly include them in my development’
When asked if Liverpool was the turning point, the 23-year-old replied: “I think so. Of course we didn’t start well in the first two games.
“The training week after that you see that you can start in the starting eleven and you can start against Liverpool. What else do you want?
‘The intensity is a bit higher. Every week is a final. That’s a big difference, but I focus on my own game.’