Tyrell Malacia has been credited by Gary Neville as the driving force behind Manchester United’s recent improvement in form.
The Red Devils suffered back-to-back Premier League defeats to begin the 2022-23 season, but the “grit and passion” exemplified by £13 million ($15 million) summer recruit Malacia has allowed them to storm back.
With on-field leaders emerging as more established stars take a back seat, a Dutch full-back has wowed many in his early Red Devils appearances.
With a 3-1 victory over Arsenal at Old Trafford on Sunday, the Red Devils made it four wins in a row.
It has propelled United to fifth place in the league rankings, just three points behind league leaders Arsenal.
When United lost their first two games of the season, the second of which was a humiliating 4-0 loss to Brentford, that situation was inconceivable in mid-August.
United’s comeback since then has been extraordinary, and Erik ten Hag took the Brentford loss as an opportunity to make significant lineup adjustments.
The following match against Liverpool saw Raphael Varane, Antony Elanga, Scott McTominay, and Malacia replace Cristiano Ronaldo, Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw, and Fred.
Malacia in particular has played a crucial role in the club’s comeback, and the rest of the team has benefited from his persistence at left-back.
Neville also claims that the rest of the team has caught the Dutchman’s aggressiveness.
Neville responded to a question about the turnaround by telling Sky Sports that some could credit the manager, while others might point to the substitution of Harry Maguire and Cristiano Ronaldo as the cause.
The Red Devils won’t win the league, according to Neville, and they won’t finish in the bottom half of the standings either. They may, however, have a more successful season than we had anticipated. Getting there cost them $230 million.
Ten Hag’s team will play Real Sociedad in the Europa League on Thursday before traveling to Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Sunday.