Manchester City moved 12 points clear of Manchester United in the Premier League table following a dominant 3-1 win at the Etihad.
City were cruising thanks to goals from David Silva and Sergio Aguero before the Red Devils hit back from the penalty spot through Anthony Martial. The Citizens continued to dominate and ensured all three points after Ilkay Gundogan beat David de Gea in a goal of the season contender. The result leaves United in eighth, a massive 12 points behind the league leaders, ending any hopes of a challenge for the Premier League title.
The Red Devils never threatened the City defence and looked void of attacking threat throughout. With Marcus Rashford struggling to find his best role and Romelu Lukaku out of form, Jose Mourinho is desperate to bolster his attacking options in January. Reports suggest the United board will back him significantly if the right deal presents itself.
One man he should be targeting is Napoli maestro – Dries Mertens. Valued at £27m by Transfermarkt, the Belgian has been a mainstay in the Napoli team for a number of years and has been one of the most consistent performers in the Serie A. Mertens netted an incredible 18 league goals last year during Napoli’s title challenge as well as picking up six assists for his team-mates.
The 31-year-old has started the new season in the same vein with eight goals and four assists to his name already. With blistering pace and expert dribbling ability, the Belgium international is perfectly suited for life in England. Mertens would inject some much-needed life into the United attack, and his creative talent could help bring the best out of his countryman Lukaku.
United have a negative goal difference after 12 games for the first time since 1978 – Mertens can be the man to help the goals flowing freely again.
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