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Manchester United: Is this moment when Erik ten Hag first took notice of Tyrell Malacia?

REVEALED: Is this when Tyrell Malacia caught Erik ten Hag’s attention? Then Ajax boss seems to tell his assistant to ‘watch out’ during dazzling Feyenoord display… and now he is on the eve of Man United move

Erik ten Hag is on the cusp of finalizing one of his first signings as Manchester United manager after agreeing a £13m deal to sign Feyenoord star Tyrell Malacia – but it seems that he’s been eyeing the defender for a while.

Footage has surfaced online that appear to show the moment the Dutch boss first spotted the talented youngster while in charge of Ajax, where he appears to have sensationally singled out the 22-year-old during an Eredivisie match .

In a compilation of Malacia’s best moments posted online by a fan, the cameras are on Ten Hag as he sat in the dugout and the former Ajax boss’s gaze appears to have been drawn to the defender’s performance in a contest. direction and shouts in Dutch: ‘That kid on the left back is great.’

Images seem to show that Tyrell Malacia is attracting Erik ten Hag's attention for the first time

Images seem to show that Tyrell Malacia is attracting Erik ten Hag’s attention for the first time

As Ajax boss, Ten Hag seems to describe Malacia as 'great' before asking his assistant coach to 'watch him'

As Ajax boss, Ten Hag seems to describe Malacia as ‘great’ before asking his assistant coach to ‘watch him’

The 22-year-old, who is about to become Ten Hag's first acquisition as a Man United trainer, seems to have impressed the Dutch boss in an Eredivisie game.

The 22-year-old, who is about to become Ten Hag’s first acquisition as a Man United trainer, seems to have impressed the Dutch boss in an Eredivisie game.

The rave criticism certainly did not stop there, when Ten Hag instructed one of his assistant coaches to ‘take notes’ next to him.

And it is no secret that Ten Hag likes his compatriot.

Last year, the 52-year-old was asked if Malacia was one of his transfer targets when he was still at Ajax. Ten Hag remained hesitant in his response, but let everyone know what he thought of the defender.

“We think he’s a good player, yes,” said Ten Hag.

‘A transfer from Malacia to us is not on the agenda in the first place. Before we all get speculated again; it doesn’t play at all.

Malacia's £13million move to United is now 'imminent', as confirmed by Feyenoord chiefs

Malacia’s £13million move to United is now ‘imminent’, as confirmed by Feyenoord chiefs

‘We can accommodate a departure from [Nicolas] Tagliafico within our current offer. If it is really necessary, we do indeed have a shadow list. Is Malacia on that list? I will not tell you.’

Although Malacia’s transfer seems to come out of nowhere, Ten Hag has been planning to bring him in for a while.

Sportsmail revealed on Tuesday that Malacia was ready to join Lyon when the Old Trafford club drew attention to their bid to sign Frenkie de Jong.

However, now that talks with De Jong have progressed, United have set their sights on Malacia’s deal, signing a deal with Feyenoord for £12.9 million plus a further £1.7 million in add-ons – Lyon’s bid of £12.9 million all in.

Malacia, who has five caps for the Netherlands and is an energetic modern full-back, must now decide whether he wants the move to Old Trafford, where he will compete with Luke Shaw.

The 25-year-old Barcelona midfielder De Jong is the Premier League’s top priority, with new manager Ten Hag desperate for the gifted playmaker to spruce up his engine room.

Feyenoord's Malacia (right) has five caps for the Netherlands and is an energetic modern full-back

Feyenoord’s Malacia (right) has five caps for the Netherlands and is an energetic modern full-back

United only want to go to other purchases, such as Malacia, once the signing of De Jong has been arranged.

With Malacia’s move to Lyon seemingly in the bag, United had moved on to alternative targets, such as Ajax defender Nicolas Tagliafico. But De Jong’s representatives are now trying to move both players to Ten Hag’s side.

Feyenoord director Frank Arnesen told 1908.nl: ‘The agreement with Man United is there. We are now waiting for Tyrell. If Malacia says yes, then a transfer to Manchester United is the obvious choice.’



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