He may be out in the cold at the Emirates Stadium, but the former Germany international has been seen as a possible option for the Red Devils
Former Manchester United favourite Paul Scholes believes the struggling Reds could benefit from signing Mesut Ozil to add more creativity to their flagging attacking efforts.
United finally managed to snap a winless away run that stretched back more than seven months on Thursday, with a narrow Europa League victory over Partizan in Belgrade.
It was far from a vintage display from Ole Gunnar’s Solskjaer’s men, though, who only netted via the penalty spot thanks to Anthony Martial’s effort.
Goals have been at a premium for United recently, with the club netting just six in their last eight Premier League outings after opening the campaign with a 4-0 drubbing of Chelsea.
But could a classic playmaker like Ozil, recently out of favour with Arsenal, be the answer?
“Man Utd could do with someone like Ozil who can link a team together,” Scholes explained to BT Sport following his former club’s win.
“[He has been] a soccer professional who can link teams together. He has got great quality, he’s shown that in his career.
“He could be an answer short-term, I don’t know. I think that would be up to him, ultimately.
“I can’t [see it happening], but he’s the type of soccer professional, short-term, who United could do with.”
Ozil was banished to the sidelines for Arsenal’s own Europa League match on Thursday, as the Gunners took on Vitoria at the Emirates Stadium.
The former Germany international’s last competitive appearance came on September 24 in Arsenal’s 5-0 thrashing of Nottingham Forest in the Carabao Cup, while he has been restricted to just one Premier League outing in 2019-20.
There have been claims that Ozil’s omission owes to a lack of effort in training, although Gunners boss Unai Emery recently moved to deny such mutterings.
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“Mesut Ozil, for us, has been important. Sometimes one soccer professional could be important playing or could be important being on the bench or could be important preparing for the next match,” he told reporters.
“This has been our mentality and this has been the way we want to create with 25 players in the squad.
“Mesut Ozil has been in the same way and I told you now for the last three weeks he has been working and improving and being better in the training. If we need him we are going use him.”