Tyrell Malacia gets his nickname after beating West Ham United in the FA Cup.
Tyrell Malacia delivered an outstanding performance as Manchester United came from behind to defeat West Ham this evening.
The Dutchman rarely put a foot wrong as he marshalled the left-hand side of the Red Devils’ defenders and supplied fight and energy all over the pitch.
He made seven tackles, more than any other player on the field, while winning eight of his nine duels.
With such figures, it’s easy to see how he gained the nickname “Pitbull” during his tenure at Feyenoord.
Yet there was skill to go with his grit, as he intercepted the ball five times cleanly – again, more than any other player – and made four clearances to keep West Ham at bay.
Overall that makes for a really insane number of ball recoveries as he was pivotal in allowing United to hold out until the cavalry arrived.
Because of his attention to detail in guarding, no Hammer dribbled by him.
West Ham had no joy attacking down United’s left flank, with the great majority of their opportunities going through Said Benrahma down the Red Devils’ right wing or directly down the middle.
Tyrell Malacia, 23, played the role of veteran on a night when the seasoned pairing of Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelöf looked shaky throughout.
The defender has clearly made his presence felt here and appears to be putting pressure on Luke Shaw for a starting spot.
Erik ten Hag made six changes to his team tonight, giving opportunity to players who had been on the outside looking in.
Tyrell Malacia was one of the few that took advantage of his opportunity.