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Liverpool star Virgil van Dijk set incredible defensive record last season… but it could soon be matched by Manchester United’s Victor Lindelof

Last season, pundits from around the country waxed lyrical about Virgil van Dijk – and rightly so.

Not only had the Dutchman been an imperious figure in Liverpool’s back line, helping them to the best defence in the league, but he also boasted another milestone that drew widespread praise.

£75m signing Virgil van Dijk has been a revelation at Anfield
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Remarkably, the 28-year-old was not been dribbled past once in the entirety of the 2018/19 Premier League season – a phenomenal stat which proved he had the quality to rank as runner-up to Lionel Messi in the Ballon d’Or rankings.

It was only earlier this season, in August, that this feat was broken, however, with Arsenal’s Nicolas Pepe becoming the first player to successfully dribble past Van Dijk in his last 50 appearances in the Premier League.

But one player this season could match Van Dijk’s remarkable achievement – and his name will come as a surprise to many.

According to Manchester United’s official Facebook page, Victor Lindelof has not been evaded by an attacker so far this term.

The Sweden international has played 21 of 22 league games for the Red Devils, starting and finishing the full 90 minutes in all of those.

Lindelof has not been dribbled past this season – could he go the whole season and match Van Dijk’s record?
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And due to the fact United have conceded 25 goals in their 22 games, and have generally been pretty poor this season, Lindelof has to be given some praise for his solo achievement.

Few would rank the Swede as one of the league’s best centre-halves, but perhaps he is proving those right who claim United’s struggles are not due to their defence – but are instead entirely down to the Red Devils’ midfield.


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