In-form left-back Tyrell Malacia is keen to use praise from Manchester United legends such as Gary Neville to help fuel his development at Old Trafford.
Malacia joined the Red Devils from Feyenoord for an initial fee of £12.9million this summer and has since become an important part of Erik ten Hag’s first team plans.
As Man United were humiliated with early season defeats to Brighton and Brentford, the full-back was praised for his tenacity off the bench.
Speaking earlier this month, Neville heaped praise on Malacia for the ‘personality, fight and spirit’ he showed after coming on as a second-half substitute in the 4-0 defeat to Brentford.
Malacia, who is currently on international duty with Holland, is eager to use Neville’s acclaim as fuel to kick on.
‘Those are nice words and I will definitely take them into my development, but we have to watch my performance from game to game,’ he told ESPN.￼
‘Yes, [the Premier League is] definitely beautiful, if you get to be here. Especially now that I get to play every week.’
His hard-work off the bench earned the 23-year-old a starting spot during Man United’s 2-1 triumph against Liverpool a week later.
Since the victory at Old Trafford, Malacia has been a regular fixture at left-back for Ten Hag, featuring in the Red Devils’ wins against Southampton, Leicester and league leaders Arsenal ahead of former first-teamer Luke Shaw.
When asked whether Liverpool was the turning point, the 23-year-old replied: ‘I think so. Of course, we didn’t start the first two games well.
‘The training week after that you see that you get to start in the starting eleven and you get to start against Liverpool. What more do you want?
‘The intensity is a bit higher. Every week is a final. That is a big difference, but I focus on my own game.’