BBC Football expert Mark Lawrenson feels Manchester United will resist the temptation of signing Arsenal contract rebel Mesut Ozil next year. The Germany international has just seven months left on his existing Gunners deal, and this has seen him associated with a reunion with Jose Mourinho in either January or the end of the season.
Speaking on BBC Sport h/t Metro, former Premier League great Lawrenson believes Jose Mourinho is unlikely to fancy the Germany international in the squad owing to his attitude on the playing field, he said: “I don’t think Mourinho would take him. I’m pretty certain he wouldn’t take Ozil. He wouldn’t fit into the Mourinho blueprint of a player.”
United have been criticised for the lack of creativity in the forward department which Ozil would help to resolve. However, the World Cup does not exemplify Mourinho’s hard-working ethic which is evidenced by his reluctance to help out his teammates at the back – more often than not.
Both Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Juan Mata have failed to impress in the number 10 position of late, and it will be interesting whether Mourinho makes a proposal to sign the 29-year-old, should he be made available during the January transfer window.
Ozil joined the Gunners from Real Madrid back in the summer of 2013, and he has since contributed 33 goals and 60 assists (transfermarkt) across all competitions. He has won three FA Cups during this period.