Virgil van Dijk has claimed that the match against Liverpool is an opportunity for Manchester United to reverse the trouble they experienced at the beginning of the season.
The Red Devils, who lost 4-0 to Brentford last weekend, lost to Brighton at home in their first match and disbanded. Things got really tough for Erik ten Hag before hosting Jürgen Klopp and Liverpool on Monday evening.
Last season’s Champions League finalist also failed to start the new season as he had hoped. Liverpool, who drew with Fulham in the first week, drew 1-1 with Crystal Palace at Anfield Road in the second week, after Darwin Nunez headbutted Joachim Andersen and received a red card.
What did Van Dijk say about the Manchester United match?
However, Liverpool will be sure to get their first win of the season once they pass the North West. But for them, Old Trafford hasn’t always been the easiest place to play.
The Dutch national player made the following comment about the match:
“We want to win and do everything possible to win there. Over the years we have realized that it is difficult for us to win there. Of course last year we obviously had a great result in this away game. We can’t deny that.
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“They’ve had a rough start this season and we didn’t start the way we wanted. So it’s going to be interesting. I think they’re a good team. They have good players all over the pitch.”
“A perfect match for them to come back”
Manchester United fans will find Old Trafford ecstatic on Monday night if they can score their first three points of the season against their big rivals. Van Dijk acknowledged that it was an ideal time for Ten Hag’s team to play against Liverpool, but reiterated that he and his teammates are focused on that.
“Obviously, they’re probably not in the best position in terms of confidence. But this game is a perfect match for them to turn the situation around.
“But we’re taking care of ourselves and we want to make sure we’re ready for it. We’re going to work hard again this week.
“It will be another tough game, but hopefully some players will come back and do well. We just stay positive and think about winning. It’s a big game. We’re all looking forward to it.”