Manchester United have signed Victor Lindelof from Liverpool colossus Virgil van Dijk as former Southampton team-mate Charlie Austin reveals Chelsea bench confession


Charlie Austin has revealed Manchester United decided to sign Victor Lindelof ahead of Liverpool star Virgil van Dijk.

Austin played with Van Dijk at Southampton, at a time when several European and Premier League giants were keen to secure the Dutch international’s services.

Austin revealed Lindelof was preferred over Van Dijk by Manchester United
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And Austin, who is currently on loan at Queens Park Rangers, told talkSPORT United snubbed his former team-mate, who has gone on to become one of the best centre-backs the division has seen.

The Red Devils reportedly followed the Dutchman in the summer of 2017 as Jose Mourinho looked to strengthen their backline but eventually opted for Benfica defender Lindelof for around £40million.

“I remember at the end of his career at Southampton we were sitting on the bench together at Chelsea. I said to him ‘Come on Virgil, what’s going on, surely Manchester United must have been for you?’ Austin said on TalkSPORT Drive.

“It’s a huge club in England. He said ‘do you know what Chaz, in the summer it was between me and Lindelof, and they went to get Lindelof’.

” No one knows. He told me on the bench and I couldn’t believe it. I was blown away.

The former Southampton striker also said Van Dijk’s transfer didn’t go well with then-manager Mauricio Pellegrino and he didn’t get the best start at the club.


Manchester United have signed Victor Lindelof from Liverpool colossus Virgil van Dijk as former Southampton team-mate Charlie Austin reveals Chelsea bench confession
Former Southampton boss Pellegrino wasn’t happy Van Dijk wanted to leave for Liverpool
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“The manager was Pellegrino at the time and this summer he was looking to go,” he added.

“I remember back when he brought everyone onto the pitch, including Virgil, he just came out and said ‘look guys, Virgil wants to go, the club won’t let him go. go, he said he wasn’t going to play so he’s not going to train with us.

“In front of everyone, including Virgil. He was stunned, there was no warning from the manager, nothing.

Manchester United have signed Victor Lindelof from Liverpool colossus Virgil van Dijk as former Southampton team-mate Charlie Austin reveals Chelsea bench confession
On second thought, Van Dijk will be happy United snubbed him
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Van Dijk of course ended up at Anfield in January 2018 for a world record £75m, and went on to become one of the Reds’ most important players and one of the best centre-backs in the world.

Since arriving on Merseyside, the Dutch captain has won various honors including the Champions League and the Premier League.

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