Rumours have spread not long ago that, Mesut Özil has been offered to Manchester United and several other clubs before he moved to Arsenal. According to several news portals, the German waited until the last hours of the transfer window as he waited for United to make the move but it never materialised and the rest is history. Ahead of the much anticipated match between Premier League leaders, Arsenal and champion, Manchester United, this weekend, David Moyes has confessed for the first time that he was offered with a chance to bring in the German to Old Trafford but decided against bringing him in as he feel that Manchester United does not need Mesut Özil.
“We weren’t close to buying him but something was mooted a little bit before that. We didn’t need that position at the time. I didn’t even say it was an interest, it was put to us and it was just something at the time we didn’t need. We had Shinji Kagawa and Wayne Rooney and people of a similar ilk so it wasn’t quite what we required at that time. We were looking at different positions.” – David Moyes
Mesut Özil went on to join the Gunners and has had great success there with England midfielder, Jack Wilshere, saying he rates the talent of Mesut Özil higher than any of his previous Arsenal team-mates because of his skill, vision and awareness. The England midfielder believes his German counterpart’s ability to pick a pass and spot the run of a team-mate surpasses all other Gunners in his era – which would include former captain Cesc Fabregas, who’s now at Barcelona and is widely regarded as the club’s best playmaker of recent years. Ironically, David Moyes spent all summer trying to bring Cesc Fabregas to Old Trafford without success and ends up signing Marouane Fellaini instead. The Belgian has had little success so far and spends much of his time on United’s bench.
Although Mesut Özil has been some sort of a revolution at Arsenal this season, it is unfair to say that Moyes has made a wrong decision by not signing him up. I totally agree with Moyes that Manchester United does not need Mesut Özil. A wonderful football player he is (without a doubt) but it is foolish to say that he will be an absolute success at Man Utd just because he did well at the Arsenal so far.
At Arsenal, he is a sure starter but at Manchester, he will be competing with Wayne Rooney and Shinji Kagawa at the No. 10 role that he excels the most. It must be noted that young Adnan Junazaj is another player with similar traits. To have all four of them at Old Trafford will be quite a headache for David Moyes. Even the great Sir Alex Ferguson decided against signing Özil for similar reason. That was before the signing of Kagawa and the emergence of Januzaj.
What Manchester United need is for the top class central midfielders and players to get back to their true form. Remember that Moyes inherited a squad that have won multiple titles and ran away with Premier League title last season. For many years, Arsenal fans have been complaining about Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny. But look at them this season. Their impact has been better than what Mesut Özil did for Arsenal. The away win over Borussia Dortmund in Champion League is just another evidence how Arsenal’s success this season owe much to their stability at the back as much as their attacking brilliance. So, Manchester United can improve once their players get back to their true form. Note that ‘form’ is temporary, class is permanent!’.
There are many United fans still moaning about Moyes’ decision to sign Fellaini over Mesut Özil. Please DON’T! We don’t need Özil to achieve success this season. What we need is for the fans to stand behind the manager and the players. Give them a chance to turn things around. There are plenty of games to play and points to be won. Plus, we are only THREE points shy from the team in the second place, Chelsea. It’s not bad actually considering that the club is in transition.
I’m looking forward to see Mesut Özil and the rest of Arsenal players at Old Trafford tomorrow. It should be a cracking game. Any prediction, guys?
- Manchester United Does Not Need Özil