"The parallel is there, but the comparison between Stam and Van Dijk is flawed," the former fullback said. "At PSV, Jaap was right away a rock.
"Jaap moved to United after the World Cup of 1998 where we were fourth. Oranje was of a slightly higher level than now. And with Jaap he was a Dutch champion with PSV, he played Champions League and in 1997 Jaap was voted footballer of the year. In short: he had already proven himself at the top, something Virgil has still to do."