Napoli winger Dries Mertens impressed and scored a stunning goal in Belgium’s 3-0 win against Panama in their opening 2018 World Cup fixture on Monday, and Manchester United fans want their club to sign the attacker, rated at £27m by Transfermarkt.
The 31-year-old started on the right side of a front three also containing Romelu Lukaku and Eden Hazard against Panama, and while the Red Devils took a while to get going they took eventually took the lead through Mertens’ brilliant dipping half-volley.
The forward is clearly ready to bring his form from the 2017/18 campaign for his club – where he scored 22 goals and provided a further 12 assists in 49 appearances in all competitions – into the tournament with his country.
Man United supporters, who have also called on Jose Mourinho to bring a popular £13.5m attacker back to Old Trafford, were quick to have their say on Mertens’ display via social media, and while one said he would be a “better option than Mata”, another said “get Mertens to @ManUtd without any hesitation”.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…
— Andys Rule (@Andysrule) June 18, 2018
Was all over the Mertens hype last year wanting us to sign him, still don't know how nobody has gone for him, I believe he has a release clause of something silly like £21M? Bargain.
— Pogbas_Haircut (@Heisenberg_mufc) June 18, 2018
— Philip (@SilverPhox14) June 18, 2018
That’s my right winger.
£25m. Ed. Do it. #mufc
— ☈ (@r0bbo_) June 18, 2018
DRIES MERTENS WOULD BE A GOOD SHOUT AT RW FOR UNITED I THINK
— D.▲.N (@Daniel_K23) June 18, 2018
I’d have mertens at United anyway!! Better option than mata. Very hazard like to him #josesignhimup
— GERALD MCCREERY (@GeraldMccreery) June 18, 2018
Lol, would sign Mertens. Solves the RW problems as well. Been a huge fan too last couple of seasons.
— Dhagash Shah (@DhagashS) June 18, 2018