Fri. Jul 19th, 2019

How Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk could help Manchester United

Netherlands' defender Matthijs De Ligt (L) celebrates with Netherlands' defender Virgil Van Dijk after scoring their first goal during the UEFA Euro 2020 Group C qualification football match between The Netherlands and Germany at the Johan Cruyff Arena in Amsterdam. PHOTO: EMMANUEL DUNAND / AFPLiverpool defender Virgil van Dijk could prove an unlikely ally in Manchester United’s pursuit of Ajax Amsterdam defender Matthijs de Ligt.

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According to Dimitar Berbatov Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk could help convince his Dutch teammate Matthijs de Ligt to sign for Manchester United.

The former United striker feels that van Dijk will be eager to talk up playing with the Premier League to the young Ajax defender.

De Ligt has been linked with moves to Barcelona and Bayern Munich in recent times as Europe’s super clubs fix their recruiting sights on the young and talented Ajax group.

Berbatov feels that van Dijk, who entered the British game in 2013 when he signed for Glasgow Celtic before moving down to Southampton in 2015 and on to Liverpool in 2018, will be able to convince De Ligt that England is the place to be.

Berbatov told Betfair: “One player I would love to see at Old Trafford is Ajax defender, Matthijs de Ligt, although I know every big club in Europe is after him.

“I watched him play against Real Madrid and he looks the real deal – so confident and assured for a player of his age.

“Having his international team-mate Virgil Van Dijk already in the Premier League could be a boost for any English team chasing De Ligt. The Liverpool man will be telling him how good the league is and that can make a real difference to where you choose to go.”

Van Dijk will need to find a new place to stay after the permanent appointment of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as United manager. The defender rents Solskjaer’s 3.4-acre Alderley Edge property in Cheshire but the landlord will be moving back in shortly.

Manchester United’s attacking crisis deepens

Berbatov hopes that the newly appointed manager and the club’s transfer supremo Ed Woodward spend wisely in the next transfer window.

“United have spent a lot of money in recent seasons, so they need to make sure they don’t spend for spending’s sake; they need to think carefully about what they need and choose wisely,” Berbatov went on.

“In attack, with Rashford, Martial, Lukaku and Lingard, they have everything they need, but I think they need to focus on two areas; central defence and a central midfielder who can free up Paul Pogba to play in attacking areas.”

The permanent appointment of Solskjaer has sparked the transfer rumour mill into life but all links should be taken with a pinch of salt until players are photographed in Manchester United shirts.

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