Louis van Gaal may well be in the market for a striker, with Colombian star Radamel Falcao failing to live up to his impressive reputation since joining on loan from Monaco. As a consequence, the Dutchman may be preparing for the future of his front line by making a move for Dybala's highly-coveted services.
The Argentine forward, whose playing style has drawn comparisons to compatriot Sergio Aguero, has been in fine form this season, hitting nine goals in 17 Serie A appearances. His exploits have seemingly not gone unnoticed by the Champions League chasing side, and it's fair to say he would be an excellent addition.
Here are the statistics to prove it:
|Goals||Assists||Key Passes/ App||Shot Acc (%)||Conversion Rate (%)||Shots/ App||Dribbles/ App||Dribble Succ (%)||Apps|
|Robin van Persie||8||2||1||49||16||2.55||0.9||48.65||20|
|Ángel Di María||3||6||2.46||33||8||3.08||1.69||34.92||13|
15 - Paulo Dybala has been central to Palermo’s recent upturn in form having scored or assisted a goal in each of his last eight Serie A appearances. As a consequence, only former United man Carlos Tévez (16) has directly contributed to more goals in the Italian top flight this season than the 21-year-old (15).
20 - In the recent 1-0 home defeat to Southampton, United were toothless in front of goal, with none of their 10 shots hitting the target. Dybala has been accurate with just under half of his attempts this season, converting an impressive 20% of his total scoring opportunities.
3.5 - The Argentine has fashioned more attempts at goal, per match, than any Manchester United player this season, while he boasts the same superiority over his team-mates at Palermo. Having managed 3.5 shots per appearance, Angel Di Maria (3.1) is the only Old Trafford regular who comes close to rivaling the talented youngster.
1.6 - Creativity is a key component of Dybala's game, and a trait that makes him so brilliantly effective in the final third. The Palermo centre-forward has averaged 1.6 key passes per match this term, which would see him ranked as Manchester United's second most creative player, behind Angel Di Maria.
3.1 - The Red Devils could still be accused of lacking flair, especially in the final third - this is a deficiency Dybala's arrival would solve with great effect. Unsurprisingly, Di Maria boasts the most successful take-ons per match at United, but having completed 3.1 dribbles in each appearance, Dybala's efforts far outweigh those of his compatriot.