You are joking: for whom Manchester United Virgil van Dijk canceled

The Liverpool FC achieved a coup with the commitment of Virgil van Dijk. Manunited also wanted him, but decided on another player.

FC Liverpool and Manchester United are undoubtedly two of the most traditional and most successful clubs worldwide. This season is between the Reds (Liverpool) and the Red Devils (Manchester United) sporty worlds. While you still dream of winning the quadruple on the Anfield Road, Manchester United even threatens to qualify for the Europa League 2022/23.

Both clubs may have taken the opposite path in recent years if United had signed a player in 2017 who symbolizes the Liverpool success era - and not another central defender: Virgil van Dijk is talking about.

The 30 -year -old Dutchman switched from FC Southampton to Liverpool FC in January 2018 for an estimated £ 75 million. In the team of coach Jürgen Klopp, he has played up to the world's best central defender for many experts - and to the player, without whom the Reds have not won so many titles in recent years.

In this text, he could have switched to Manchester United instead of Liverpool before Liverpool. This is not one of so many rumors from the world of football that circle daily, but a statement from the mouth of Van Dijks.

Austin asked van Dijk for the interest of Manchester United

This Charlie Austin, a former teammate van Dijks at FC Southampton, made public in an interview with Talksport in 2021.

"I remember that at the end of his Southampton career at the away game against Chelsea we sat together on the bench and I asked him: 'Come on Virg, what's going on? Manunited must be interested in you?'" Today in the service of the second division team Queens Park Ranger.

Van Dijk made his teammate talking to his teammate and did not hold behind the mountain with what he knew. "Do you know what, Chaz, in summer it was a decision between me and [Victor] Lindelöf, and you have committed Lindelöf," he confessed, which Austin Perplex brought out only three words: "You are joking!"

But it wasn't a joke. For the 2017/18 season, Manchester United hired the Swedes Lindelöf von Benfica, who is still under contract with the club today.

In order to be fair towards United, they would probably not have got what they wanted, even if they had chosen Van Dijk and Lindelöf. Austin indicated that his ex-colleague always had an eye on Liverpool. Austin replied when asked if he believes that a change to Old Trafford would ever have been possible: "I'm not sure. I think he really wanted to go to Liverpool."

van Dijk a candidate for the balloon d'Or

The Red Devils will still be annoyed about the decision from 2017. While Lindelöf is fighting for a regular place, Van Dijk has been a candidate for years in the election for Ballon d'Or and one of the best players in his position.

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