Southampton fans react as Virgil van Dijk scores in win for Under-23s

Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk continued to build his match fitness when he started and scored for the Under-23s in their win against Stoke City on Monday night, and Saints fans were quick to have their say on the Dutchman.

The centre-back returned to the first-team fold as a late substitute in the Premier League victory against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Saturday following eight months on the sidelines because of injury – and an eventful summer where he failed to get the move that he wanted.

Mauricio Pellegrino obviously decided that the Netherlands international needed more game time in the 3-0 win against the Potters, with a view to potentially returning to the starting line-up for the clash against Manchester United at St Mary’s on Saturday.

Van Dijk scored the opening goal in the 14th minute with a bullet header from Matt Targett’s corner, while he also won the penalty that Targett converted in the second half to wrap up the three points.

Southampton supporters were quick to give their thoughts on the 26-year-old’s performance via social media, and while some simply said that “he’s back”, others said that he proved “form is temporary, class is permanent”.

Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…