Liverpool have a 22-point lead at the top of the Premier League this season with City struggling to keep up.
Van Dijk's performances this season will put him in contention for the Player of the Year accolade.
"These are the type of things that you want to hear when Manchester United are signing a player."
Ferdinand believes Chris Smalling would be the "first name on the sheet".
"£600million or so spent and probably the four most impressive players this season have been homegrown."
"He’s in a great position but what happens? He doesn’t ancipate it."
Ferdinand is concerned about the direction the club is heading and insists the club need to act to arrest their slump.
Martin Keown and Rio Ferdinand used praise of one Arsenal player to criticise another after their draw at Chelsea.
Their 2-0 victory over the Blades on Thursday saw Liverpool maintain their 13-point lead at the top.
Ferdinand doesn't fancy any of the players United have been linked with.
Ferdinand insists Liverpool won't want "to tempt fate".
Ferdinand believes Liverpool have 'the mentality' to go all the way again.
Ferdinand believes Serge Aurier has been the main beneficiary of Mourinho’s arrival at Spurs.
Rio explains Mourinho's biggest mistake at former club Manchester United.
Raheem Sterling getting to grips with Joe Gomez is hardly the first time England players have fallen out...
Ferdinand has questioned Southgate's handling of Sterling's bust-up with Gomez.
Want-away players are 'cancerous' unless they are your mate. Plus, Liverpool v Man City is getting feverish.
Rio Ferdinand has urged Mauricio Pochettino to get rid of Tottenham's "unsettled" players.
"He offers something totally different to the likes of Milner, Wijnaldum, Fabinho, Henderson." He sure does.
Rio Ferdinand praised Jamie Carragher for his apology but called on Liverpool to do the same.
Rio Ferdinand has urged Manchester United's players to "seize the opportunity" against Liverpool.
Rio Ferdinand has revealed why he still isn't judging Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's performance as Man Utd boss.
Rio Ferdinand has singled out Fikayo Tomori for praise following his 'perfect' defensive display against Lille.
Rio Ferdinand thinks Harry Kane should leave Tottenham in pursuit of silverware elsewhere.
Ferdinand definitely has a point here...
Rio Ferdinand doesn't think Virgil van Dijk deserved to win UEFA’s Men’s Player of the Year award.
Rio Ferdinand has explained why he was "happy" that United decided not to sign Paulo Dybala.
Man United will look to appoint a technical director now they've got their summer business out of the way.
Rio Ferdinand thinks Manchester United are "onto a good thing" with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Rio Ferdinand has questioned whether Southgate's philosophy will lead England to Euro 2020 success.
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