Former Southampton striker Charlie Austin has opened up about a private conversation with his former teammate Virgil van Dijk.
According to Austin, Manchester United had the chance to sign the Dutchman before he moved to Liverpool but they opted to sign Victor Lindelof instead.
Apparently, van Djik spilled the beans to Austin during a private conversation.
“I sat there and was like ‘Virg lad, what’s going on? Surely Manchester United must have been in for you? Massive club in England etc’. He went ‘do you know what Chaz, in the summer it was like between me and Lindelof and they signed Lindelof’.
“I was like, ‘you are joking!’ I couldn’t believe it, I was gobsmacked. There was talk of him going there and then they have taken Lindelof instead.”
The Dutchman went on to develop into the best defender in the world and he helped Liverpool win the Champions League and the Premier League.
On the other hand, Victor Lindelof is yet to showcase his true potential at Old Trafford.
There is no doubt that Manchester United made a massive mistake in their judgement and they will probably regret their decision.
The Liverpool defender was linked with Chelsea and Manchester City as well before his move to Anfield. The Reds will be delighted with the fact that their rivals chose not to move for Van Dijk back then.
Liverpool paid a massive 75 million pounds for him but he has managed to justify the price tag so far.