Tyrell Malacia is confident his Man United move will NOT harm his chances with Holland

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New Manchester United left-back Tyrell Malacia is confident his decision to join the Old Trafford side will not harm his place in the Holland national team.

The 22-year-old made a £14.6million move from Feyenoord last week, becoming Erik ten Hag‘s first signing as United boss.

His decision to join Man United may not have gone down well his National team coach Louis van Gaal who recently advised his Holland teammate Jurrien Timber not to move to Old Trafford because of a lack of game time.

The former Man United boss appeared to warn the player that moving to the Premier League giants may have harmed his international prospects. But according to Malacia, he hasn’t spoken to Van Gaal over his decision and was asked if he is confident it will not have repercussions with Holland.

“Yes, but in the end, the coach will make the decision, so we will see,” he said after making his debut in United’s 4-0 win over Liverpool in Bangkok.

“I didn’t speak to him (Van Gaal). I did speak with Robin van Persie about United and his time in the Premier League: some great memories, some good stories, so it’s always good, positive.

“Of course, it’s a big difference. I wanted this all my life, I worked hard for it, so I have to work harder now.

“I like to attack, I think that’s one of the reasons why he (Ten Hag) brought me here. 

“He wants to attack with the left-back and right-back. So I have to prove to everyone why I’m here.” 

The former Feyenoord player is ready to battle with Luke Shaw for a place in Ten Hag’s side with Alex Telles and Brandon Williams the other two left-backs currently in the United squad.

“You always want to play, it’s everybody’s aim, so you have to work hard for it,’ he added.

“There are some good left-backs here – Telles, Brandon, Luke, me – so you have to work hard and prove ourselves in training, and in the end, the coach will make a decision.”

Speaking on his performance in the game, the left-back said via Dailymail

“I’m happy that I made my debut, and we got the win,’ he said. ‘I already feel like I’m home. They made me feel like I’m home already, so I’m happy to be here.

“You always want to win games, especially against Liverpool. But in the end, these games are to get fit, so it’s another plus.

“For everybody, it’s a new season, a fresh start, a new coach, so we will do everything to improve ourselves and do better than last season.’