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Austin: Liverpool defender Van Dijk told me Man Utd chose Lindelof ahead of him

West Brom striker Charlie Austin says Manchester United chose to sign Victor Lindelof instead of Virgil van Dijk in the summer of 2017.

Former Southampton forward Austin claimed he couldn't believe United's decision to turn down van Dijk, who has now won the Premier League and Champions League at Anfield.

Austin, currently on-loan with QPR, told talkSPORT: "I remember in the back end of his Southampton career, we were on the bench at Chelsea away. I was sat there (and said): 'Come on Virg, what's going on? Surely Man United must have been in for you? It's a massive club in England'.

"And he said: 'In the summer it was between me or Lindelof. And they signed Lindelof. No-one knows that'. I couldn't believe it. I was gobsmacked.

"There was talk in the summer about whether he was going to go there and they've gone and taken Lindelof instead."


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