Ajax manager Frank De Boer believes that centre-back Jan Vertonghen is close to being at a level where he could play for a club like Manchester United.

The Dutch great saw his side lose 2-0 to United in the Europa League Round of 32 first leg at Amsterdam Arena last night and was full of praise for Belgium international Vertonghen who has previously attracted interest from Premier League outfits.

"Jan is already close to the level of Manchester United and he can still improve," he told De Telegraaf.

"Especially as he moves forward through the midfield, he is so dangerous. He sometimes does that too little in my eyes. That's a shame, because then his qualities are more conspicuous."

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