Manchester United manager David Moyes has revealed he passed up the chance to enter the race for Mesut Ozil, as he deemed that the Germany star was not the type of player the club needed.
Ozil has settled seamlessly into life in the Premier League since joining Arsenal from Real Madrid for £42.4 million.
With Ozil playing a key role—he has four assists and two goals—Arsenal have moved five points clear of the chasing pack in the Premier League.
United trail by a further three points, down in eighth place following a lacklustre start to the campaign.
On occasion United have lacked creativity and spark, while Arsenal have been dynamic and inventive.
Moyes’ main summer signing was Marouane Fellaini, but the manager has revealed—ahead of United’s clash with Arsenal on Sunday—that he passed up the chance to bid for Ozil in the summer.
The Mail's Ian Ladyman has the quotes:
As regards Ozil, we weren’t close to buying him but something was mooted (to us).
We didn’t need that position at the time. 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.
As well as raising eyebrows among supporters, and parody Twitter accounts, Moyes' comments may well pique Wayne Rooney’s attention, as Sir Alex Ferguson revealed in his book that he had to give the England striker a dressing down after suggesting that United should sign Ozil.
I can confirm I was offered Mesut Ozil in the Summer and yes, I did reject him. Fellaini was a far better option and it's starting to show.— David Moyes (@DavidWillyMoyes) November 9, 2013
Rooney has been in superb form this season, with three assists and five goals to his name, but United are lacking creative spark in other areas.