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United’s Display At Anfield Showed Why Moyes Should Never Have Let Ozil Join Arsenal

As Man Utd watched Mesut Ozil join Arsenal, United fan ‘Devanney1’ tells us why the loss at Liverpool showed why the club should have signed the German ace.

As Manchester United watched Mesut Ozil join rivals Arsenal on deadline day, United fan ‘Devanney1’ tells us why the loss at Liverpool showed why the club should have signed the German international.


When Moyes named his team for Sunday’s game a feeling of dread hit my stomach. On the wings were Ryan Giggs and Ashley Young – who has had about three good games for United – signified a long, drab and disappointing afternoon; and that is what United fans got culminating in a 1-0 defeat to bitter rivals Liverpool. Ninety minuets of miss placed passes and juggling the ball tirelessly along the back line with no ideas how to create an opening for the ever increasingly frustrated Van Persie, worryingly it looked a lot like the Chelsea game.

The more I sat there shouting and swearing like a lunatic at the television for substitutions to be made the more I realised that Moyes’ options were severely limited. Who could make a difference? Kagawa did not make the bench, neither did Zaha. Wide players like Nani and Valencia have flattered to deceived for the last twelve months (although both are better players than Young). In central areas our only option was Anderson from the bench: another midfielder who has not had too many good games of late.

In the 63rd minute  when Nani replaced Young and then struggled to control a simple pass gifting the ball back to Gerrard I had an epiphany, a realisation; we have the weakest midfield in the top six. I looked at the team sheets again, and I hate to admit it but I realised I would have chosen Liverpool’s midfield over ours.

To return to Moyes’ lack of options and United’s weak midfield, I am not defending him, but blaming him. Moyes and Woodward have known since the 1st of July that our midfield was not up to scratch, especially in central areas. So what does he do? He freezes the one beacon of hope for our midfield, Kagawa, from the first team and refuses to buy any other players except Fellaini.  On the occasion United did try to sign anyone who would improve the team they dithered after the unattainable Cesc Fabregas or Thiago Alacantra.

And then on deadline day, United  had a chance to make a statement of intent by signing Mesuit Ozil but have let a genuinely world class player go to the Emirates instead. Word is, according to journalists at Sky Sports News, that United don’t need a player in Ozil’s position. What? We played Young and a forty year old Ryan Giggs on the right wing, we created one clear cut chance in ninety minuets. And we don’t need Ozil? Who last season created 17 assists and scored ten goals. Ozil is exactly the type of player United needed on Sunday, a world class creative talent. That is what United have needed for the last five years.

It has been ten years since a United midfielder, Paul Scholes, got in to double figures in the goals tally. With this in mind, United’s transfer philosophy looks even more ridiculous than Arsenal’s, who at least have signed one world class player this season – Ozil.

The reluctance to sign Ozil and United’s lack of ‘bite’ in the market in Moyes first season has set a dangerous precedent, if we are the champions of England and cannot attract the top names what chance will we have next summer? To be honest, with United’s midfield I cannot see them getting close to successive titles, not with the improvement from the likes of Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham and I hate to say it even Liverpool.

It could be a long season with a lack of any real creativity and Mouranne Fellaini sadly for United fans is not going to change that.

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What do United fans think? Should we have pushed the boat out to sign Ozil? Share your views below.



  1. g clarke

    September 3, 2013 at 9:22 am

    Why this long to notice

  2. Ankil

    September 3, 2013 at 9:41 am

    We do have Kagawa in that position, moreover rooney wasnt fit for that match.Its not fair to judge Nani, he needs more match time. With Hernandez, Nani recovering and Zaha, Kagawa to start, there is no place for Ozil and 46 millions??? Rel got him for 12m three years back. United need a box to box player and Fellaini could do that role

    • Sam

      September 3, 2013 at 4:32 pm

      Unbelievable that you can’t find place for Ozil in your midfield. He is first eleven in any team.

    • bwabi

      September 4, 2013 at 11:25 am

      you must be pretty daft mate

    • martin

      September 4, 2013 at 3:48 pm

      Kagawa could be packed well and sent back to Germany there is no place in Man.Utd’s game he can play in

  3. amit

    September 3, 2013 at 9:44 am

    I m lfc fan and was gutted to see Ozil moving to arsenal but I m shocked to read that moyes doesnt think ozil is needed in his team my goodness I think he is the worst coach in dis words right now if a coach cannot spot the talent of ozil then we can expect what is coming the curse has began SAF is gone u ur bad time starts oooops it has already started.

  4. Jordan Gooner

    September 3, 2013 at 9:51 am

    United do not have the right to sign the best players. Your midfield have never been great in comparison to Arsenal. United have always had a great defence and excellent forwards, for too long you relied on Giggs and Scoles.

    Ferguson had the balls to sign our best forward Van Persie, and we were stupid enough to sell him! Moyes tried to sign Fabregas, but that was never going to happen, Arsenal always had first refusal as part of the agreement to sell Fabregas to Barcelona. Wenger has always had a fantastic record of signing midfield players; Petit, Flamini, Vieira, Fabregas, Nasri, Wiltshere, Carzola, Ramzi, Arteta, Rosicky, and Ozil and many more.

    Wenger will continue to identify great midfield players. His weakness at times is choosing defenders, where his record is poor.

    • Arsenal1Again

      September 3, 2013 at 2:52 pm

      Petit was signed as a defender and was converted. 🙂

    • Arsenal1Again

      September 3, 2013 at 3:09 pm

      It’s all very well signing Moyes to replicate the amazing job he did at Everton on a shoe string budget, but United fans are NEVER going to have the patience the Toffee fans had. In time the sponsors will fall away and it will get harder to attract new players. Moyes has zero chance of being at United long term if he goes two seasons without a trophy. Look how the fans attack him before he even has a chance to deliver.

      Firstly it is not a team built by Moyes and a family of kids do not take to a stepfather after being raised by their real dad. United have the best possible manager but the transition between Ferguson and Moyes is going to be slow and painful, the team needs rebuilding from the floor. It is old and really Ferguson has left Moyes holding the reins of a dying horse he knew even he couldn’t get another race out of. I feel sorry for Moyes but if anybody can turn the team around it’s him.

  5. zeezu009

    September 3, 2013 at 9:52 am

    See am hating moyes the more!!, look fellani possess physical presence not the talent to unlock defenses with silk pass or silky runs, yet kagawa was not even on the bench. “Saying his fit, i just felt like including nani, which will bring something different”, look ΐ hate when someone lack common sense!!.. If ΰ wana play kagawa nd rooney @ 1nc, its obvious, kagawa can play above 2 holding mldfielders-carrick-clev(wit fela in), then forward we have rooney van welbeck(nani)… Den whY??? Or if he does’nt want this, why didnt he signed any significant top class player???.. See ama Man utd fan, but cant see us challenging for any major Title!!!!.

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  7. tgm

    September 3, 2013 at 10:23 am

    They could have sign his friend Fellani after he signed Ozil just to give enough competition in the squad as he knew already that with cleverly and Ando will never do the job to unlock defence. Anyway, typical small mind set will always think small just like Eveton, mid table team. No matter how its look bad for Manu will always look good for him.

  8. Tomm

    September 3, 2013 at 10:32 am

    I think one little victory that not many fans are aware of is that Kagawa was being tapped up and courted big time and Moyes somehow held onto him. That’s a huge victory for you because(even though you lot have been spoiled so probably don’t appreciate him) he’s massive for you and will continue to be so. Either way though “let him join Arsenal?” lol not gona get into it but he did join us so I guess you lot have to deal with that now! we have one of the best midfielders in the world now ready to line up with Cazorla and Jack! COYG!!!

  9. nicky

    September 3, 2013 at 10:34 am

    Don’t worry too much about United’s dodgy start. Ferguson’s legacy of tame referees will see you alright as the season progresses.

  10. Rocky

    September 3, 2013 at 11:07 am

    United never need ozil cos kagawa n wazza can do d@t job wel.i stil hv a little confidence in moyes if he can find a better information to play d@t can suit both kagawa n wazza on e pitch

  11. fred

    September 3, 2013 at 11:23 am

    against liverpool….pathetic is the word! we must remind moyes, he is no more at everton….pls, switch off the everton mentality… the display by the mid fielders that day is nothing but a disgrace! expect fellani to perform miracle! rooney shld hv moved on instead of playing in this pathetic team….

  12. Denis Bryceson

    September 3, 2013 at 11:25 am

    Even last two season united were nt good as one might say,but due to weak opponents,evidence to prove united being can be looked at eufa,where united ended in groups n 16 round,as a lfc fan,i personally believ ma team will be taugh & challengeable.

  13. meaner

    September 3, 2013 at 11:38 am

    It feels so good to see the downfall of MU. No Fergie mean refs no longer fear MU.. hahaha

    • Sam

      September 3, 2013 at 4:39 pm

      Agree. It already happened in game against Liverpool.

  14. Max

    September 3, 2013 at 2:56 pm

    Man Utd should have signed Mesut Ozil a month ago, when Real Madrid apparently offered him to us. But, as said on many websites, Mr moyes refused the chance because Ozil was not the type of player we needed – or shall I say was being offered for the money that our yank owners are unwilling to pay! Letting Ozil join Arsenal was a big mistake – but not because Arsenal will now go on to win the league, because i still feel they lack strength in the middle, along with another striker, but because we have NO creative player with an X factor even after spending £27.5m on a single player. Its funny, because I believe the palyer we signed (Fellaini) was just the type of player Arsenal needed, while the player they signed (ozil) was just the creative midfielder we so desperately required – shame on Moyes and Woodward!!!

    • martin

      September 4, 2013 at 3:59 pm

      Agree 100% m8
      Ozil is the kind of player we need instead of Kagawa that would have arranged the team immensley.
      and giving the chance to arsenal is even worse

  15. CJC

    September 3, 2013 at 4:50 pm

    Moyes needs time, RvP needs to attend anger management, and Evra needs to look at himself leaving the field after defeat.The poor boy was not a happy chappy the bright side for him, is Butt Head going on loan and no Bains this window please give Moyes four seasons to sort this mess out this plea comes from you have guessed LFC FAN four seasons of Moyes your cage and your perch will be well gone.

  16. amar

    September 3, 2013 at 6:54 pm

    Maybe next summer we get Cristiano Ronaldo back to old trafford hopefully since gareth bale has joined real madrid. moyes should have signed ozil aswell and why on earth did moyes let arsenal get ozil and i think we should have hijacked a deal for mesut ozil but at least we got marouane fellaini and can people stop critising fellaini and i believe that he is great player and goal scoring threat so he will prove everyone wrong why he should signed for manchester united this summer!

  17. martin

    September 4, 2013 at 3:43 pm

    Ozil would have come to Man.Utd. if we we followed him closer and that was wot we needed to sign,Moyes lost all his energy on Ronaldo & Cesc. Now fellaini again could have got him on the first day. Well moyes needs lots of lessons, this the first window finished worse than i thought it would

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