Southampton play host to an in-form Manchester United in the Premier League at St Mary’s on Saturday, and Saints fans want Virgil van Dijk to start the match.
Despite the fact that he failed to get the move away he wanted after handing in a transfer request during the summer, the Dutchman made his return to the first team as a late substitute in the 1-0 win against Crystal Palace last weekend following an eight-month spell on the sidelines because of injury.
While he still isn’t a popular figure among some of the St Mary’s faithful after the way he has acted in recent months, they know that they may need the dominant centre-back against a Red Devils side that have hit 16 goals in their opening five top flight fixtures this term.
Southampton supporters were quick to give their views on last season’s captain via social media, with many saying that manager Mauricio Pellegrino must “100% start him” in order to boost the south coast outfit’s chances of stopping the likes of Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…
100% start him
— Joe Jones (@joejones66) September 22, 2017
Can't stand him tbh but only a mad man wouldn't start him against a very strong united attack!
— Ally McCoist Day (@AllySFC) September 22, 2017
— Chris Alexander (@Chrisalexander8) September 22, 2017
Has to start for me – Hoedt and VVD in central defence and take the game to them with Cedric and Bertrand
— Rich Prosser (@RichProsser) September 22, 2017
Deffo start him……
— Shazza (@pink2944) September 22, 2017
— Lee Payne (@lpp28) September 22, 2017