“They will make a difference to the team” – Jaap Stam issues verdict on new Man Utd summer signings

By | August 16, 2022

Man United hero Jaap Stam has lavished praise upon the teams two new defenders Tyrell Malacia and Lisandro Martinez.

Malacia became Erik ten Hag’s first summer signing for the Red Devils earlier this month, joining from Dutch giants, Feyenoord for £13million, while Lisandro Martinez’s £46m switch from Ajax was confirmed on Wednesday.

Both players will be expected to greatly improve the 20-times English champions back-line, and Stam has backed them to do just that.

‘Martinez is gonna bring a lot of ball playing ability. A perfect player for the way that Ten Hag wants to play, and he knows exactly what he is getting from their time together at Ajax,’ the former defender told Football Insights.

‘He’s a defender that is very easy on the eye and he has that aggressive nature that you expect from an Argentinian defender – he’s tough, and he is very clever in the way that he positions himself.

‘I think he is a great signing for United and I expect him to be a very good asset for the team.’

As for Malacia, Stam knows the 22-year-old perfectly him as they have worked together at Feyenoord and has highlighted not only his ability on the pitch, however, his character off it.

‘He [Malacia] will give everything for United and will absolutely want to make the most of this opportunity. As a person, he is a good character too and he will get along with everyone in the squad.

‘I think he will make a difference to the team, and he will add quality to the left back option and give Luke Shaw some healthy competition”