Tyrell Malacia shone for Manchester United in their victory over Liverpool, and Rio Ferdinand has spoken out about the Dutchman, who earned his debut start for the club.
Rio Ferdinand hailed Tyrell Malacia after his performance against Liverpool, comparing him to Manchester United legend Patrice Evra.
The Red Devils defeated Jurgen Klopp’s side 2-1 on Monday night, with goals from Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford giving United their first win of the season. Malacia stood out for United, keeping danger man Mohamed Salah quiet for the majority of the game.
Although the Egyptian scored, it came from a corner rather than open play, with Malacia dealing with Salah’s danger from the right wing. There aren’t many players who can keep the prolific Liverpool winger at bay – one of the last was Leicester’s Luke Thomas – making the Dutchman’s achievement all the more impressive.
Ferdinand has since compared Malacia to former Manchester United left-back Patrice Evra, who was part of Sir Alex Ferguson’s squad that dominated the Premier League in the late 2000s. The 43-year-old also discussed what he admires most about United’s new addition, who became the club’s first signing of the summer in July.
“Malacia today was great, outstanding,” he said on his Vibe with Five YouTube channel. In many respects, he reminds me of Patrice Evra. He’s athletic, and he appears to be a pound-for-pound strong child.
“In the previous four or five years, there haven’t been many left-backs in European or international football who have gone out of a game and kept Mohamed Salah quiet.” Luke Shaw will have to do something to re-enter this team.”
Malacia made his debut appearance for United, replacing Luke Shaw in the starting lineup after the England international failed to impress in the first two games against Brentford and Brighton. It was one of four changes for the game against Liverpool, with Cristiano Ronaldo, Fred, and Harry Maguire also missing out.
Erik ten Hag’s aggressive selection process paid off, and he praised his players after the game. “We can talk about the technical, but it’s all about mindset,” he remarked. You can see how we bring the mentality to the pitch.
“There was communication, a fighting spirit, and most importantly, a team, and you can see what they can accomplish because they can f***ing play good football.” I wanted a different approach to the Brentford game, and that’s exactly what they delivered. This is why I am content.
“We can play much better if we can keep our cool and make an extra pass.” We have good players, but we can now play as a unit. Together with Raphael Varane, Bruno Fernandes demonstrated leadership. They make a significant difference. But it is all they have to offer.”