Ajax centre-back Matthijs de Ligt impressed and kept a clean sheet as his side won the first leg of their Champions League semi-final tie against Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 in the English capital on Tuesday, and Manchester United fans are keen for their club to sign the teenager.
Despite being only 19 years of age the Netherlands international once again looked as though he had been playing the game for a decade at Spurs new stadium, and as well as helping the Eredivisie giants keep a clean sheet he also showcased his quality in possession of the football.
That ability is something that the Red Devils are sorely lacking right now as they face a battle to secure qualification for the Champions League next term themselves, and a ball-playing defender may be high up on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s wanted list in the summer.
With the potential he has as well as the fact that he has made 113 appearances for Ajax and is also their captain, it will surely take a hefty fee if Ed Woodward wants to prise him away from the Amsterdam-based outfit in the close season however.
United supporters clearly want their club to try however, with one saying “if we had any ambition, we’d offer £100m for De Ligt tomorrow”, while another said “someone tell hopeless Ed Woodward to splash £100m on De Ligt”.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…
#MUFC need to sign this lad De Ligt from Ajax at all costs and build a team ahead of him and to his left and right. He is absolutely first class on all fronts. Him and Eriksen please to start off ?
— Johnny (@john_aldinho) April 30, 2019
De Ligt would be £100M well spent #MUFC
— kash b (@kasshhb) April 30, 2019
Can’t see it happening but de Ligt is a MUST for us, beast Stam like #mufc
— Man Utd Family Stand (@MUFCFamilyStand) April 30, 2019
Sell all 5 of our CB and sign De Ligt.
Him on his own is better than all 5 current CB combined.
— MUFCTransfers (@_MUFCTransfers_) April 30, 2019
— Dikembe McDowell (@DikembeMcDowell) April 30, 2019
If we had any ambition, we’d offer 100m for De Ligt tomorrow.
— Sibs ? (@SibsMUFC) April 30, 2019
— Rico (@ricosantos10) April 30, 2019
The lack of depth in this Spurs squad has been seriously exposed tonight. Ajax are the real deal though. Shame they’ll be decimated in the summer though. Give anything for us to sign De Ligt! #TOTAJA #MUFC
— Al Flats (@alflats11) April 30, 2019
Break the bank and sign Matthijs de Ligt from Ajax #MUFC outstanding performance this evening ??????
— Tim Walker (@timwalker19) April 30, 2019
— Haley Chan (@haleychan1990) May 1, 2019