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Tyrell Malacia delighted with Patrice Evra comparisons

Dutch full-back has become an integral member of the starting XI

by Ayantan Chowdhury

Manchester United started the new season the same way they ended their previous campaign with the players looking short on confidence and unable to even do the basics properly.

Something had to give after the Brentford thrashing and Erik ten Hag deserves praise for getting the club back on track as they have now managed to win four on the bounce.

The Dutchman tweaked his system, veered away from his favoured style of play and also changed personnel and they have borne fruit as United have now beaten the likes of Liverpool and Arsenal.

Malacia has impressed one and all

One of the most impressive players during that run has been left-back Tyrell Malacia, who was shunted into the side in place of a woefully out of form Luke Shaw.

He was immense against the team from Merseyside, managing to keep Mohamed Salah quiet for the entire game. Not many have managed that in the recent past.

That particular display caught the eye of former United legend Rio Ferdinand and he said post-match that the Dutch full-back’s game reminds him of another Red Devils legend Patrice Evra.

“He [Malacia] reminds me of Patrice Evra in many ways. He’s athletic, he looks like a pound-for-pound strong kid. There aren’t many left-backs in European or world football in the last four or five years who have gone out of a game and kept Mohamed Salah quiet.”

And the 23-year-old has gone from strength to strength since then, as United have kept two clean sheets and conceded a solitary strike against league leaders Arsenal.

Delighted with Evra comparisons

Not many had heard about him before his move to United but his infectious energy, stories of his training regimen and his modest outlook have all endeared him to the fan-base and it looks like he has made the left-back spot his own.

The former Feyenoord defender, who once said he looked up to Evra when he was young, spoke to United’s official website and was happy to know of Ferdinand’s compliment.

“It’s the first time hearing it, because I don’t watch the media. So for me it is the first time I’m hearing this but it’s a big compliment. I’m honoured to get this compliment from him, yeah.”

United’s next game is against Real Sociedad in the Europa League and such is Malacia’s current importance to Ten Hag’s plans going forward, there is a chance he might be rested ahead of the crucial league game against Crystal Palace at the weekend.

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