‘If he is worth £80m, Virgil van Dijk is worth £300m’: Rafael van der Vaart SLAMS ‘amateur’ Harry Maguire after Man United’s draw against Liverpool
- Manchester United played out a 1-1 draw with leaders Liverpool on Sunday
- Rafael van der Vaart has hit out at Harry Maguire in an astonishing rant
- Dutchman said if Maguire is worth £80m, then Virgil van Dijk is worth £300m
- He called the England centre back an ‘amateur’ despite credible draw for United
Rafael van der Vaart has launched an astonishing attack on Manchester United’s Harry Maguire, labelling the defender an ‘amateur’.
Maguire played the full 90 minutes as United held league leaders Liverpool to a 1-1 draw on Sunday, but former Tottenham star Van der Vaart was far from ready to praise the England defender for his part in proceedings.
In particular, it seems the Dutchman has a problem with the world-record £80m fee United shelled out for the former Leicester man in the summer.
Harry Maguire (right) has been slammed by former Tottenham midfielder Rafael van der Vaart
Van der Vaart, pictured during a recent charity match, slammed the ‘amateur’ defender
Speaking to Ziggo Sport, he said: ‘He can do something, but if he is worth so much money, Virgil van Dijk is worth £300million.
‘If I am going to play with the amateurs on Sunday afternoon, I can easily find three who can do this. I mean that seriously.
‘A bit silly to say, but I really think so.’
It is not the first time Van der Vaart has laid the boot into Maguire, having previously criticised his performance on the international stage during the Nations League.
When England were beaten 3-1 by Holland, the Dutch midfielder-turned-darts-player was on punditry duty and he remembers it well.
‘It’s funny because during the Nations League, I was doing work for Dutch television,’ he noted.
The Dutchman also said that if Maguire was worth £80m, then Virgil van Dijk is worth £300m
Van Dijk played against the Englishman on Sunday, with the match ending in a 1-1 draw
‘And I remember we were saying Harry Maguire was by far the worst player on the pitch.
‘And then two months later, £80-£90m? Unbelievable.’
Maguire made 10 clearances against Liverpool on Sunday, and was part of a United defence that held out Liverpool for 85 minutes until Adam Lallana’s late equaliser.
Even so, United will likely be happy to have salvaged a draw against a team as impressive as Liverpool, who had won all eight of their matches heading into Sunday’s clash at Old Trafford.