The Germany international headed home yesterday against Werder Bremen, but Jurgen Klopp’s men still lost at the Weserstadion.
Big-spending Manchester United have fired themselves back into the Premier League title race with six wins from their last seven games, with many of the Old Trafford faithful now looking towards the January transfer window as an opportunity for reinforcements.
One area in which Louis van Gaal is believed to be keen to strengthen is at centre-half, with the Red Devils struggling with injuries and not replacing Nemanja Vidic or Rio Ferdinand since their summer departures.
With the Dutch coach keen to play with three at the back, youngsters Paddy McNair and Tyler Blackett have been called into action this term, while midfielder Michael Carrick has also been deployed as a makeshift sweeper on occasion.
The Germany international managed to get his name on the scoresheet for Jurgen Klopp’s men against Werder Bremen yesterday, as can be seen below, but it was only a consolation in a 2-1 defeat.
The headed strike was the 26-year-old’s first of the season but was not enough to see Dortmund avoid another defeat; their tenth from 17 Bundesliga games this term.
The loss means that the Signal Iduna Park outfit go into the winter break in the relegation zone and are leapfrogged by Bremen after yesterday’s result.
With an unthinkable relegation starting to feel like a possibility, United will be keen to take advantage of the situation and are being tipped with a summer assault for Hummels’ signature, with Dortmund not keen to part with their defender mid-season.