Former Scottish international urges United to spring for talented defender.
Former Scotland international striker Pat Nevin has urged Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal to sign Celtic defender Virgil Van Dijk in order to solve his defensive woes, the Daily Mirror reports.
The Dutchman has been impressing north of the border since joining the club in 2013 and had been linked with moves to Arsenal and Southampton over the summer.
However, for one reason or another he stayed at Parkhead, and now the BBC pundit believes he should be seeking a move in the new year.
“There is no doubt whatsoever that they need another major centre-half who was powerful, and preferably one who can play from the back,” said Nevin.
“I’m almost describing to a tee a player like Van Dijk, who is playing for Celtic at the moment.
“If I was Manchester United, and Celtic fans wouldn’t thank me for it, I’d be on the phone and get Van Dijk down to Manchester United. He is absolutely nailed on to be a player who could have done the job.
“Even if it was for a short period of a year or two, before they got someone who is world class. You never know, Van Dijk could have grown into that.”
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