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Manchester United Star Named Best Ever Premier League January Signing

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Manchester United Star Named Best Ever Premier League January Signing

Virgil van Dijk has been voted the second best January signing in Premier League history, missing out to one Manchester United star.

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Van Dijk's success since his January 2018 move to Liverpool is pretty unmatched, considering he completely transformed the Reds defence.

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Jurgen Klopp's side were Champions League finalists within six months of the Dutchman joining, won it a year later and broke their 30 year run without winning the league title a year after that.

To some the 30-year-old is the best centre back to have graced the Premier League, although not according to every vote on the subject.

And Van Dijk missed out on top spot in a vote once again, with fans naming Bruno Fernandes as the greatest January signing in the history of the league.

According to a BBC poll last year, Fernandes is favoured by 31% of people as the greatest winter window move, with Van Dijk in second place with 26% of the vote.

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Bruno's impact at United was immediate. Image: PA Images
Bruno's impact at United was immediate. Image: PA Images

Fernandes' instant impact at United, in January 2020, was as undeniable as the one Van Dijk had at Anfield, but the Portugal midfielder hasn't been in the trophies as quickly.

The former Sporting midfielder has scored 45 goals and assisted 34 goals in 104 games in all competitions, since his move to Old Trafford.

His form when he first moved to the club saw him become the first player to win four Player of the Month awards in one calendar year.

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Whilst United haven't won anything since his arrival he did at least help drag them to a top four spot in his first few months, helping them qualify for the Champions League.

Van Dijk has been more successful with trophies. Image: PA Images
Van Dijk has been more successful with trophies. Image: PA Images

After Fernandes and Van Dijk, Nemanja Vidic was next in the voting with 15% and Luis Suarez's move from Ajax to Liverpool has 13%, suggesting that United and Liverpool can be very good at January signings.

However, United fans would also point to Alexis Sanzhez's arrival at the beginning of 2018 and Liverpool fans could do the same with Andy Carroll's move in 2011 as proof to the opposite

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: Premier League, Transfers, Virgil Van Dijk, Bruno Fernandes, Liverpool, Manchester United

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