Virgil Van Dijk: I’m Scared of Man United

The “ideal game” for Manchester United to turn around their early-season struggles, according to Virgil van Dijk, is Liverpool’s visit to Old Trafford.

The Red Devils have lost their opening two games in a humiliating manner, falling to Brighton at home before being utterly destroyed by Brentford last weekend. Erik ten Hag will face considerably greater challenges as he welcomes Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool on Monday night before things get better.

Even so, Old Trafford hasn’t always been the easiest place for the Reds to play, despite the fact that Liverpool will still be optimistic about earning its first victory of the year as it travels across the North West.

“It’s massive but it’s not about making a statement, we want to win and do everything that’s possible to win there,” said the Netherlands international. “Over the years it has proven tough for us to win there, obviously last year was a great result, we can’t deny it.

“This year they’ve had a difficult start and we’ve not had the best start that we wanted either, so it will be interesting. They are a good team in my opinion, they have good players all over the pitch.”

“Obviously they’re not in the best situation confidence-wise probably, but it’s the perfect game to turn it around for them,” he added. “But we’re looking at ourselves and we want to make sure we’re ready for it and we are going to work hard this week again.

“It’s going to be a tough game away again, but hopefully we get some players back and get a good performance and just be positive and think about winning. It’s a big game, a game on its own. We are all looking forward to that.”

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