Recent speculation has suggested that Real Madrid's superstar Mesut Ozil could be wearing the red jersey of Manchester United come the end of the transfer window.
Despite being a player with no shortage of talent and skill, would Mesut Ozil be a success at Old Trafford?
Many players have come to play for the Red Devils with brilliant resumes and bags of ability, but after stepping onto the pitch for their new club have failed to live up to their billing. Juan Sebastian Veron and Diego Forlan are two immediate examples who come to mind, but others have also fallen short of their high expectations. So, playing for Manchester United, would Ozil be a success or a failure?
Mesut Ozil has a relatively small frame, coming in at 6 ft. tall and weighing in at just 76 kg. He's found a lot of success in Spanish football, where the players are less combative than in the English Premier League.
The game in Spain is more technically oriented, and revolves around creative players who are technically gifted and have an element of guile to their game. Even the defenders in La Liga are technically gifted and don't rely on strength and will to find success. This style of play suits Ozil as he has the fantastic technical ability as well as the great vision and flair that is required to be successful in the Spanish game.
In contrast, the English league is more combative, and although it's not as technically oriented, the league has a rougher style that many players have struggled to cope with week in and week out. Would Mesut Ozil be able to adapt to this new style of play? Can he handle the rougher, tougher game?
Another question regarding a potential move for the German playmaker is whether or not he could play within the Manchester United squad.
Mesut Ozil thrives on the fact that he can maintain his forward position, knowing that he has Sami Khedira and Xabi Alonso who can break up opposition attacks. He does not have to track back because he knows that Khedira and Alonso will fill the gaps in his absence. At Manchester United this luxury is unavailable, as the Premier League champions don't have the same kind of personnel to disrupt opposition counter attacks.
Last season United were consistently woeful in preventing their opposition from attacking, as teams were able to pass through their midfield and have the ball in their half.
As a result, Man United's players were forced to track back, which is why players such as Danny Welbeck were included in the squad as often as they were, because they have excellent work rates despite not being as technically gifted as players like Nani or Shinji Kagawa.
This is the type of work that Mesut Ozil would not be able to shy away from. Having to put in the extra effort to track back, would Ozil be as efficient going forward?
Finally, how would Mesut Ozil play within the Manchester United line-up? At Real Madrid he has been deployed both as a number ten right behind the striker and as an attacking winger, which means that David Moyes could play him in both roles.
Additionally, Moyes could decide to play Ozil as a deep lying play maker, similar to how Paul Scholes used to play. This seems unlikely though, as Ozil prefers to play higher up the pitch. However, Ozil would fit in well playing in an attacking role for the Red Devils as he would be able to use his flair and creativity to create goal scoring chances.
This is the type of player that Manchester United have sorely missed in recent years, and the German play maker could turn out to be the remedy for Manchester United's midfield problems.
So with all things considered, if Mesut Ozil were to join Manchester United and become David Moyes' first marquee signing for his new club, is success or failure in store for the German play maker?
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