The Independent report that Jose Mourinho rejected the opportunity to sign Virgil van Dijk when manager of Manchester United, and it is a revelation which has amused a portion of Liverpool fans.
Some believe the 28-year-old was always destined for a move to Anfield and it therefore didn’t matter if there was interest from the Red Devils, but if true it seems like an odd decision from the Portuguese boss.
The Reds were interested in the centre-back for much of the summer of 2017 but with Southampton unwilling to sell, the Dutch international wasn’t able to make the switch until January.
In that time, it could have been possible for another club to step in, and with van Dijk keen to play Champions League football he may have accepted a transfer to Old Trafford.
Instead, Mourinho opted against the move, a decision which he now likely regrets as he finds himself out of work, and particularly as vthe Dutchman was recently named UEFA Men’s Player of the Year following some outstanding performances at the back for the Merseyside outfit.
Here are some of the responses from Liverpool fans, with some suggesting they made van Dijk the player he is now.
Jones was the better option ??????? pic.twitter.com/sErQYi6hmr
— James (@james79rigby) September 5, 2019
??????? funny guy he know he won’t get him
— we are one people ????????✌️ (@JuguarNana) September 5, 2019
Wouldn’t have made any difference he had his heart set on the biggest club in Europe.. ie Liiiiiiiiiiverpooool
— Dido (@didopich) September 5, 2019
— ALFi #YNWA (@alfimathew) September 5, 2019
Stop crying over spilled milk.
He made the right decision by joining Liverpool FC. At least Man Utd has the most expensive defender now. Let’s see what they can do with that.
— Soji (@soji_surge) September 5, 2019
Jose saved them from the shame if rejection. He would have rejected United anyway
— Unbearable Timon (@timonredindian) September 5, 2019
Doesn’t matter. It’s klopp who has made VVD what he is. Mourinho would’ve ruined his career.
— Ayush Raj (@Ayush__Raj10) September 5, 2019