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Three wingers Manchester United could sign in January

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Louis van Gaal admitted at the weekend that he wants more speed and creativity on the wings, bemoaning the fact that Jesse Lingard and Juan Mata - who both scored in Manchester United’s 2-0 win over West Brom on Saturday afternoon - are far from the quickest wide players.

So, who should the veteran Dutch coach be looking to bring to Old Trafford in January?

We’ve come up with a three-man shortlist for Van Gaal and looked at the chances of them actually signing for Manchester United in the New Year. Scroll down this page to see the list and don’t forget to have your say by leaving a comment in the box below.

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Try to keep your suggestions realistic. Although United have been linked with Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale, neither Real Madrid superstar will end up at Old Trafford in January.

Similarly, there is absolutely no chance that Neymar - who scored THIS sensational goal for Barcelona at the weekend - will be leaving the Camp Nou. Don’t even suggest it!

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Sadio Mane | Southampton

We know Louis van Gaal is a fan of Southampton’s impressive winger Sadio Mane because Manchester United submitted a £15 million bid - per the Daily Mail - for the Senegal international in the summer.

Southampton understandably felt that Mane, 23, was worth considerably more money and duly rejected United’s offer.

Mane’s value has increased significantly over the past three months - he’s scored six goals in 13 appearances for the Saints this season - and United would need to pay at least £30 million to secure his services in January.

If Van Gaal wants a quick-fix for United’s lack of pace and creativity on the flanks, Mane could be the solution.

Chances of happening in January: 5/10

Marco Reus | Borussia Dortmund

Marco Reus would be a marquee signing for Manchester United; however, Borussia Dortmund are unlikely to consider any offers for the Germany international in January.

That the 26-year-old no longer has a release clause in his contract makes things difficult for the Red Devils - it was removed after he signed a new four-year deal in February - although United have the financial muscle to tempt BVB to at least listen to their offer.

They could offer Adnan Januzaj, who is on a season-long loan deal at Signal Iduna Park, as part of the package - but that is still unlikely to be enough to convince Dortmund to sell.

Reus would be a wonderful signing for the Red Devils, but there’s virtually no chance of a deal happening in the New Year.

Chances of happening in January: 1/10

Riyad Mahrez | Leicester City

Jamie Vardy is the Leicester City player everyone is talking about after scoring in nine consecutive Premier League matches, but Riyad Mahrez has been just as good - if not better - than the England international this season.

The 24-year-old has scored eight goals in 13 appearances for the Foxes this term and has wowed crowds up and down the country with his breathtaking skill.

Mahrez is a seriously talented player and it’s a surprise that Leicester managed to hold onto him in the summer.

The Algeria international has taken his game up a few levels this season and it won’t be long before he finds himself at a bigger club.

If Manchester United want the attacking winger, they’ll need to act swiftly.

Chances of happening in January: 7/10

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