Robin Van Persie says he is ‘so proud’ of Manchester United star Tyrell Malacia
Posted by  badge Boss on Mar 23, 2023 - 02:02AM
Tyrell Malacia has made 30 appearances for Man Utd so far (Photo: Getty)

Robin van Persie has heaped praise on star and former teammate Tyrell Malacia, saying he gives other young Dutch players ‘hope’.

Malacia moved from Feyenoord to United last summer in a deal worth £13million – and in doing so became the first signing of the era.

The left-back has a good first season at Old Trafford, and though he remains behind Luke Shaw in the pecking order, he has always delivered when called upon.

His efforts have helped the Red Devils progress deep into the and , as well as win the Carabao Cup, with the club also on course to finish an impressive third in the Premier League.

His performances will not have surprised many back in the Netherlands, not least his former teammate and United icon Van Persie who played 17 games alongside Malacia while he was winding down his career at Feyenoord.

‘I do believe, per window, [you have] to get a couple of the right players in, and Tyrell Malacia is one of them,’ the legendary Dutch striker said.

‘He wasn’t really well known before he came. I played with him at Feyenoord, so I knew how good he was, and still is, and he is proving that every game.

Robin van Persie played alongside Malacia at Feyenoord (Photo: Getty)

‘When it clicks and when it’s clear what to do, because clearly [there are] both full-backs – Diogo Dalot on the right side, you have Luke Shaw sometimes on the left, or Tyrell – you can see that they know exactly what to do in ball possession, as well when the opponent has the ball.

‘He’s doing that so well and I’m so proud of him. He’s from my city. He’s from my club. He’s giving a lot of youngsters hope.

‘He’s not only giving youngsters here hope, he’s giving youngsters in Holland hope, like okay, if you play well, there is a possibility that you can go really far, so that you end up playing for a team like Manchester United, and I’m just proud of him.

‘He is now playing on the highest level and competing against the best. I hope he keeps developing and improving and stays hungry to keep getting better every day.’

Malacia is currently on international duty with the Netherlands as they they kick-off their Euro 2024 qualifying campaign with matches against France and Gibraltar.

When he returns, his next chance to feature for United will be when they travel to Newcastle on 2nd April.


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