Manchester United supporters are desperate to see the club sign Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt this summer. The Dutchman has had a brilliant season and ticks all the boxes for the sort of player Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is looking for. He’s young, talented, passionate and would instantly improve United’s failing defence.
Barcelona are reportedly his first choice but it is unlikely they will be willing to offer anything like the salary United would for the teenager.
While it feels unlikely that we could pull off such a transfer, it’s worth remembering that De Ligt is still only 19, with his whole career ahead of him, so there is the possibility he could be convinced to spend at least a few years in the Premier League before signing for the Spanish giants.
This week, footage has emerged on social media from Frenkie De Jong, who has since agreed to move to the Nou Camp, interviewing his compatriot.
“Who’s the most difficult player you’ve come up against?” De Jong asks him.
“That has to be Marcus Rashford from Manchester United,” is De Ligt’s response.
The pair first faced each other in the 2017 Europa League final, which United won 2-0, although they also came up against each other a year later in a friendly between England and Holland. Jesse Lingard scored the only goal in 1-0 victory, but Rashford caused De Ligt problems and should have won a second half penalty.
De Ligt has played against the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Kylian Mbappe, Eden Hazard, Leroy Sane and Karim Benzema over the past season for club and country, so his answer may well have changed since this interview! However, it is nice to hear him rate our striker.
Frenkie De Jong: “Who’s the most difficult player you’ve come up against?”
De Ligt: “That has to be Marcus Rashford from Manchester United,”
— The Man Utd Way (@TheManUtdWay) May 28, 2019