Paul Scholes has told BT Sport that Arsenal outcast Mesut Ozil could be the short-term solution to Manchester United’s woeful form of late – with the German playmaker currently on the sidelines at The Emirates.
Ozil, 31, has been afforded just two appearances this season. He played in the disappointing 2-2 draw against Watford in the Premier League, as well as captaining Unai Emery’s side to a 5-0 win over Nottingham Forest in the Carabao Cup.
But it seems as though Ozil is likely to leave Arsenal in the near future. He was completely left out of the squad that lost to Sheffield United, and the same on Thursday evening in the Europa League against Vitoria.
One problem remains and that is his enormous £350,000-a-week wages at Arsenal. But should he be willing to take a pay cut, Arsenal can offload him and Man United icon Scholes thinks he would be a good signing for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men.
“I think he is a player that can link a team together,” Scholes said. “He has got great quality and he has shown that in his career. He could be the answer short term, I don’t know. It would be up to him, if he wants to take a pay cut.”
TBR’s view – Ozil would be a stunning signing for United
With Paul Pogba injured and Jesse Lingard performing enormously below par, United need an attacking midfielder that can combine the engine room to the attack – and score the odd goal himself.
Scott McTominay is a very decent holding midfielder, and is largely seen as a replacement for Nemanja Matic. Fred is appalling, while Juan Mata is only being used here and there. Having both Mata and Ozil in the side would give United a much more creative outlook.