Manchester United desperately need an injection of quality to the attack.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer told the club website that more signings are needed and some short-term deals could be considered.

A stop gap move for Dries Mertens could be a good idea. The Napoli man needs a fresh start and even at the age of 32, he has plenty to offer.

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He could be available

Part of the big issue in January is trying to find players who might be available. Dries Mertens very well could be.


His contract at Napoli expires in June and this gives the Italians incentive to cash in.

Napoli are having a really poor season, sitting in 11th place in Serie A. It is time he has a new challenge.

With a place in Belgium’s starting line up at Euro 2020 his goal, Mertens could raise his profile and pick up some momentum with a move to Old Trafford.

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Quality United need

Mertens is an ideal fit for United because he can play both up front and on the wing.

He has played as a centre-forward for Napoli at times this season even thought he is regarded more as a winger.

This makes him ideal for a United side which need a goalscoring attacker after Marcus Rashford’s injury.

This season Mertens has scored nine goals and provided three assists so far.

Last season he scored 19 goals and provided 13 assists. The season before that he netted 20 goals and had nine assists.

His best season was the 2016/17 campaign in which he scored 33 goals and created 11.

While these figures are slowly coming down, Mertens still clearly has quality and is the type of player United need right now to win games and break teams down.

Helps Dan James out

Welsh youngster Dan James has looked flat in recent weeks and Mertens would give him a breather.

At this early stage of his career, James is being overused and it is hurting his development.

He needs to be used more as an impact player, and Mertens joining United could allow his happen.

This is the type of deal United could pull off. Signing a player in his 30s on a 18-month contract would be a good fit right now.

United’s players clearly need extra help, and Marcus Rashford’s injury should lead to United’s board making creative moves.

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