Former Manchester United captain Roy Keane and the club’s old manager Jose Mourinho have both been effusive in their praise of Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk.
The £180,000-a-week star is widely regarded as the best central defender in world football and two former Old Trafford figures appear to agree.
As per Daily Mail, Mourinho said on Sky Sports: “It would be unfair to other fantastic central defenders. In English football, yes for sure. He has everything and its almost impossible to find weakness in his game.”
Meanwhile, Keane added: “He’s been fantastic. The sign of a brilliant player is when he makes those around him better. The stats behind it are fantastic.”
TBR’s View – Even die-hard United people must acknowledge van Dijk’s quality
The talk about how good the modern Liverpool side are must drive United people mad but there’s no way they can ignore the quality van Dijk has.
Keane and Mourinho likely hope Harry Maguire can have a similarly transformative impact on the Old Trafford backline, but van Dijk’s effect is likely to be the exception rather than the rule.
As Keane said, he has lifted Liverpool’s entire defensive unit and that is arguably his biggest impact. He was unable to keep a clean sheet yesterday or help his team to victory, but Keane and Mourinho were absolutely right to be so effusive.