Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is reportedly targeting a move for Dutch centre-back Van Dijk this January.

Van Dijk has been a mainstay in the Southampton back line since his move from Celtic at the beginning of last season. The 25-year-old’s performances during his first season of English football were impressive to say the least.

As a result there are no shortage of interested parties, particularly in the Northwest. Mourinho is said to be growing increasingly frustrated with England international Chris Smalling and could be looking to add some steel to his defence by snapping up the Dutchman this January.

Van Dijk, who is rated at £30m, was an integral part of a side that went on a run of 6 Premier League games without conceding a goal last season. He’d surely improve a United defence that has looked shaky in recent weeks, with the 4-0 defeat by Chelsea a particular lowlight.

However, Van Dijk has also attracted interest from a host of other teams. Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool are rumoured to have taken an interest, which could result in a tug-of-war battle between the two rivals.

With Van Dijk’s long-term future very much up in the air, here are THREE reasons why he should choose United over Liverpool this January.

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