July 06, (THEWILL) – Tyrell Malacia, a new left-back for Manchester United, has disclosed that he talked to former Old Trafford hero, Robin van Persie, about the team before finalising a €17 million transfer from Feyenoord.
Malacia, the first acquisition of the Erik ten Hag era, also communicated with United winger, Tahith Chong, and even received advice on how to improve his game from Dutch legend, Edgar Davids, while training with the Netherlands team.
Van Persie is the latest in a long line of Dutch players who excelled for United throughout the years, including Edwin van der Sar, Ruud van Nistelrooy, and Jaap Stam. When Van Persie returned to his childhood club, Feyenoord, before calling it quits on his playing career, Malacia was a teammate of the 2012/2013 Premier League champion.
Speaking with the Man Utd website, Malacia said: “I have something to look up to because [other Dutch players] did great over here and I want to be part of that [list of] Dutch people who will be great,” Malacia told ManUtd.com. I played with Robin and spoke in the past with him about his experience in Manchester. He said they are the biggest club, and the feeling was good, and he loved it here,” Malacia added.
“He knows a lot about football. He loves the game. I think he breathes the game, so when you talk with him there is so much passion about football, and I think that [carries] over to the other players.”