Since joining from Ajax in the summer, the new Manchester United manager has finally made his first signing. He will now look to have his new player make an immediate impact for the Red Devils.

Manchester United head coach Erik ten Hag has finally managed to get a new face through the door at Old Trafford.

Tyrell Malacia, a Dutch defender, has signed with the Red Devils after they beat out Lyon to lure him to a four-year contract. They paid £12.9 million for his services in the hopes that the 22-year-old will be Erik ten Hag‘s long-term left-back option.

The massive makeover that Old Trafford needs has barely begun, but the ex-Feyenoord player’s arrival is a promising beginning.

More from Tyrell’s interview

On what he is like off the pitch:

“I love music but being on my own a lot or with my family, but I don’t like to go out or that kind of things. It’s not my thing”.

On what he thinks of when he thinks of Man United:

“The stadium. Old Trafford, yeah, amazing. A couple of years ago we had a Nike Cup with Feyenoord, a tournament over here, and at that time I told my Dad ‘one time I will be back here’, and it happened”.

On how important it is to him playing with enjoyment:

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“Yeah, I think if that stops, if I don’t enjoy the game, then I don’t have to play football anymore because it’s finished”.

“Growing up I didn’t really have a hero. My biggest hero was my dad always for me. Not because of football but as a person. And when I was playing on the streets with my friends I was always looking up to Ronaldinho”.

He measures up so well. Tyrell Malacia‘s rank for some stats across Europe’s top seven leagues:

  • 2nd-most shots
  • 6th-most final-third passes
  • 7th-most take-ons completed

According to reports, Malacia took 50 shots in the Eredivisie last season, more than any other defender.

In the Premier League, that total was only bettered by Cancelo & TAA:

  • Cancelo (81)
  • TAA (51)
  • Malacia (50)

Tyrell Malacia played 2,157 passes in the Eredivisie last season. Daley Blind was the only FB who managed more (3,067). Inverted FB.

Tyrell Malacia is a Red Devil.

Malacia: “It’s an incredible feeling to have joined Manchester United. We have a tremendous manager like Erik ten Hag leading us – I know from playing against his teams in the Eredivisie…”