Malacia claims Van Persie inspired him to play for United

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Tyrell Malacia has revealed Robin van Persie inspired him to play for Manchester United.

Dutch left back Tyrell Malacia claims that former Manchester United player Robin Van Persie inspired him to move to the club.

The 22-year-old full-back underwent his United medical on Monday at the club’s Carrington training ground ahead of a £13million transfer from Feyenoord.

He told De Telegraaf: “In the youth of Feyenoord, we played a youth tournament at Manchester United and I said: ‘I will come back here one day.’

“That has now come true and that is of course wonderful!

“I always followed [Man Utd] because Robin van Persie played there as a Feyenoord player. That’s why I got an extra feeling with that.”

Malacia will also be familiar with the new Manchester United boss Erik Ten Hag as he hope to work under his new boss for long.

On the Dutchman, Malacia said: “Mr Ten Hag is a very good trainer and also a warm person, so I had a good conversation with him and I have a very good feeling with him.

“That’s important, if all goes well we’ll work together for years.

“I’m looking forward to that, because I think I can learn a lot from him, he makes players who want to work hard better.”

 

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