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Only Van Dijk good enough for United’s 99 treble team

Jaap Stam , Virgil Van dijk
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Manchester United’s assistant Steve McClaren from the 1999 treble-winning side would only take Virgil Van Dijk from the current Liverpool team.

McClaren was Sir Alex Ferguson’s right-hand man in 1999 when Manchester United won the unprecedented treble.

It was a team that consisted of Peter Schmeichel in goal, defenders were often the likes of Wes Brown, Jaap Stam, Ronny Johnsen, and Gary Neville.

The midfield consisted of Roy Keane, David Beckham, Ryan Giggs, and Nicky Butt among others.

Upfront more often than not was Dwight Yorke and Andy Cole, but you can’t neglect super subs, Teddy Sheringham and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

It was a formidable group, that was backed up by other peripheral players who contributed as and when.

It would be difficult to make changes to a squad that won more than just the treble. They consistent trophy winners before and after 1999.

However, of that main group, there would only be a place for one change in the eyes of McClaren.

He would bring in Liverpool’s current center-back Virgil Van Dijk.

In an interview with Sky Sports News, McClaren admits the mere thought of Stam and Van Dijk at the back is unbeatable.

He said:

“Virgil van Dijk next to Jaap Stam, that would be invincible.”

“Nobody would get past them.”

“Seriously, only Van Dijk would get into that team.”

As formidable as Liverpool are right now, it would be hard to argue, given the consistency of Van Dijk compared to his teammates.

Give it a few years and that list may grow, but for right now, McClaren may have a point.