Jose Mourinho questioned over Man United’s failure to sign Virgil van Dijk

Danny Murphy believes Man United make a mistake not signing Virgil van Dijk

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
Liverpool FC defender Virgil van Dijk Photo: Virgil van Dijk / Instagram

Danny Murphy has questioned why Manchester United didn’t try to sign Virgil van Dijk ahead of Liverpool FC.

The Red Devils were linked with a host of centre-halves in the 2018 summer transfer window.

Manchester United were thought to be keen on a deal to sign Leicester City defender Harry Maguire, FC Barcelona defender Yerry Mina and Tottenham Hotspur defender Toby Alderweireld.

However, the 20-time English champions were unable to get a deal over the line for their summer targets and Jose Mourinho started the new season with Eric Bailly, Victor Lindelof, Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo and Chris Smalling.

Mourinho started with Bailly and Lindelof as his first-choice partnership for Manchester United’s opening two Premier League games.

The duo particularly struggled during a 3-2 loss to Brighton and Hove Albion in their second Premier League fixture of the campaign.

Liverpool FC made Van Dijk the most expensive defender in the world when the Reds signed the Netherlands international in a £75m deal from Southampton in the January transfer window.

Van Dijk has already transformed Liverpool FC into title challengers this season after the former Celtic man helped the Reds to reach the Champions League final last term.

Former Liverpool FC star Murphy questioned why Manchester United didn’t make an offer to sign Van Dijk back in January.

“I don’t really understand Manchester United’s transfer strategy,” Murphy told bWIN.

“If Manchester United wanted to sign a new central defender, they should have tried to sign [Virgil] van Dijk but they were the only big club who didn’t.

“Van Dijk was the best available central defender on the market and they didn’t buy him. [Toby] Alderweireld was the best available central defender on the market this summer and they didn’t buy him either. Why not?

“Those are two players who have proven to be two of the best defenders in the Premier League but Manchester United didn’t take advantage. I can understand why Manchester United didn’t want to pay huge money for Harry Maguire because he isn’t at that level.”

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