Manchester United Football Club made a last-ditch effort to try and sign the-then Southampton defender, Virgil van Dijk, on the day of his Liverpool medical.
That’s according to the Daily Mail, per The Express. Liverpool spent months trying to sign the Dutchman, before eventually completing a deal in January. However, the Red Devils were obviously too late in their move to prise the brilliant defender away from Jurgen Klopp’s grasp.
I think the first thing that springs to mind is the fact that United were obviously trying to acquire a new defender earlier than all of us realised.
All this does is further highlight Edward Woodward’s incapabilities, because it’s an area that Jose Mourinho seemingly wanted addressing for at least eight months. That’s a real problem.
United were counting on someone coming in. As soon as it’s made public knowledge that other defenders were being eyed, the current crop will instantly lose faith in their own ability; that was pretty evident against Brighton & Hove Albion this weekend.
Van Dijk would have been a stunning addition. He’s great with either foot, strong in the tackle and a threat in both penalty boxes. The £75million that Liverpool paid for him would’ve been a drop in the ocean for United. It’s a shame the interest came to fruition far too late.