Tyrell Malacia has completed his Manchester United medical and signed his contract according to Fabrizio Romano. The 22-year-old flew into Manchester on Sunday and completed part of the medical with the rest conducted on Monday morning.
The player was seen heading into the clubs Carrington training ground earlier today where the player completed the medical process and signed his contract. This comes as Christian Eriksen is revealed to have chosen United, which makes United’s summer business a lot more positive.
It shows that a lot can happen in a week with Olimpique Lyonnais close to signing the 22-year-old last week before United swooped in and hijacked the transfer, completing the deal with the Feyenoord left-back.
Malacia, 22, made 50 appearances for Feyenoord last season, scoring one goal and five assists. It is expected that Ten Hag will use him as cover for Luke Shaw, who is the number one left-back at the club but will need to get back to the form he showed during the 2020/21 season.
The Dutchman will be up for the challenge of taking on Shaw for the position and shows a lot of potential going forward, which will help the United attack by utilising the flanks more often. Olimpique Lyonnais had agreed on a fee for Malacia – with United hijacking the deal.
Malacia is described as a very strong passer of the ball and dribbler, and his holding of the ball and concentration is described as strong. Last season, he made an average of 2.5 tackles, 1.1 interceptions, 1.1 clearances and 0.2 blocks in a defensive position.
Offensively, Malacia made an average of 1.5 shots per game, 1.2 key passes, 1.5 dribbles, and was dispossessed 1.4 times. This would need to be much better in the Premier League, but at 22 and coming to a club with a coach that has a hands on aspect, will be good news.
United will now be seeking to complete the deal for Eriksen with a medical already bing arranged for him with the deal to sign Frenkie de Jong still up in the air, despite the fact that there is confidence to conclude the deal.
Erik ten Hag’s side will then be looking to sign Lisandro Martínez from Ajax this summer, taking on Arsenal for the player. Reports suggest that United would like to sign five players before the end of preseason this summer, which shows that United are not finished in the transfer market yet.
Written by John Walker