Rio Ferdinand thinks Man Utd full-back Tyrell Malacia put in a “tremendous” performance in their 2-1 victory over Liverpool on Monday night.
The Red Devils produced an energetic display to get the better of Jurgen Klopp’s side and bounce back from two back-to-back defeats to start the season.
Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford were on target for Man Utd to give them a two-goal lead but a late goal from Mo Salah meant there was a nervy end to the game for the Man Utd supporters.
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Erik ten Hag made a number of changes from the team that lost 4-0 to Brentford just over a week ago with Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw, Cristiano Ronaldo and Fred all dropped to the bench.
That saw Raphael Varane and Malacia start in the Man Utd back four with the whole side defending brilliantly for the majority of the match.
And Ferdinand reckons Malacia is quite similar in style to Man Utd legend Patrice Evra after keeping Salah quiet for much of the game.
“Luke Shaw, Luke Shaw… Malacia today was tremendous, outstanding. The whole back four were brilliant,” Ferdinand told his Vibe with Five YouTube channel.
“He reminds me of Patrice Evra in many ways. He’s athletic, he looks like a pound-for-pound strong kid. There aren’t many left-backs in European or world football in the last four or five years who have gone out of a game and kept Mohamed Salah quiet.
“Yes, he scored a little goal but in the main of the game he kept him quiet. Salah would’ve come off that pitch thinking that was a tough competitor.
“In terms of the physical duel, he was on him. In terms of getting up to him as soon as he took a touch and hitting him, he was there.
“Whenever he did get past him the odd time in the game he has the pace to cover and get back. I thought in all elements of his game, even on the ball, he’s so calm and composed.
“Look, we’re only a couple of games into his Manchester United career but what he’s shown so far, nothing but positive.
“Luke Shaw’s going to have to do something to get back in this team now. In a time when confidence has been at a low ebb, he’s come in and been very confident immediately. It’s difficult to do that in a team like this.”