The Dutchman hit back on the pundits questioning his game during an interview after the win on Tuesday. “Getting back from the horror show in Naples it was very vital to point out a positive response,” Van Dijk told BT Sport. “It’s challenging to show it around, but it surely is a step in the suitable direction. It was very vital to win going into the international break.
“We are usually not listening to the skin world. Numerous ex-football players, who know exactly what we undergo, they are saying so much to get us down, but we all know the last game was very bad and this was a step in the suitable direction.”
Manchester United icon Ferdinand admitted that he would accept deserved criticism during his playing days. “If I believed [the criticism] was mistaken, or I believed it was personal, then I’d get the hump,” he said. “But when it was deserved, then do you recognize what, I’d hold my hands up and say it. The performance in Naples, in the event that they’re honest each one in every of the players would [admit] it was a nasty day on the office and we deserved the criticism we got.”