Southampton fans want Virgil van Dijk to start against Manchester United

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…