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Where would Mesut Ozil fit in at Manchester United?


Manchester United have once again been linked with German playmaker Mesut Ozil.

Manchester United were closely linked with Mesut Ozil in 2010, following his superb World Cup performances and availability from Werder Bremen.

United didn't go for him, he signed for Real Madrid for £11 million, but it wasn't all bad, right, that summer United signed Bebe for £7 million...

Two-and-a-half-years on, Ozil is once again being linked with a switch to Old Trafford, with Real Madrid almost out of the title race already rumours circulating about key players being sold off.

But hold on; where would he fit into Manchester United's line-up?

There should be a simple answer to that question; he wouldn't. But it may not be so straightforward.

Ozil is an attacking midfielder who likes to support the striker and pull the strings in attack and weigh in with goals. Does he sounds familiar to anyone?

Manchester United signed Shinji Kagawa in the summer for a fee which could rise to £17 million, and it is unlikely they would seek to sign a player so similar so soon.

Kagawa was a bright spark for United early on before his injury, and his return will give the side a real boost in the title race when they need it in the New Year.

Ozil and Kagawa both like to occupy the same areas, and link the attack and midfield in the same way, and it just doesn't make sense United would have both.

Throw Wayne Rooney into the mix, who is being played deeper and deeper these days and the situation is further convoluted.

On the flip side, right now United could probably do with Ozil - With Kagawa injured, against West Ham and Norwich, United struggled to unlock the defences. Their wingers are under-performing and a player like Ozil would have benefited them.

Even against QPR they looked poor from open play, with two goals coming from corners, lacking a playmaker with a cutting edge.

Perhaps Ozil might benefit United after all. Kagawa's injury has highlighted the need for depth in that role. With United adapting their formation to accommodate the Japanese international, it makes sense to have an alternate option, and even when fit the 23-year-old can't be expected to play every game.

There would come with it a tough decision when both are fully fit - who should be picked, but that can be determined on form, competition is healthy.

He can also play on the left, drifting inside, and can anyone really say they would rather see Ashley Young play start ahead of Ozil? Didn't think so...

It's still a big call, and United likely have more pressing concerns in other areas, with Nani possibly needing replacing and a box-to-box midfielder required, but snapping up the German wouldn't be the worst thing in the world.

Would you like to see Ozil at Old Trafford?

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