Manchester United turned down £42m man; former coach hints at Hernandez move

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Widely reported in the summer, Manchester United manager David Moyes has now confirmed that the champions did decide not to move for Mesut Ozil when his availability became clear.

Speaking to the Mirror, Moyes said, “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.”

Would Moyes do things differently if he had his time over again? Who knows? But there is no doubt the mercurial German has set the Premier League on fire since his arrival from Real Madrid.

That the United manager twice said “at the time” could be taken as an admittance that they could do with him now. But instead they will be facing him tomorrow afternoon when Arsenal take on United at Old Trafford.

See also: Rallying call from Rio as United prepare to host Arsenal

In other news, former United Assistant Coach Rene Meulensteen believes Javier Hernandez could ultimately leave the club in search of regular first-team football.

Speaking to Talk Sport, the former Anzhi boss said, “If Hernandez comes to an age where he thinks he wants regular football and he can get into another top team in the Premier League then I can see him considering it, but it’s not easy leaving Manchester United.”

With Arsenal and Tottenham both reportedly interested, along with a host of clubs on the continent, Moyes will have to use Chicharito wisely or risk losing him altogether.

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