Why Manchester United decided not to sign Mesut Ozil in 2010

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Mesut Ozil is making headlines on Friday morning after a sensational report from the Mirror.

They’re claiming that the German is so confident that he will join Manchester United when his contract at Arsenal expires this summer that he’s told his teammates as much.

Of course, moving to Old Trafford will mean a reunion with Jose Mourinho.

Mourinho and Ozil worked together at Real Madrid and, despite reports suggesting they clashed, they had a very good relationship.

That much can be seen by some of the things Mourinho has said about the midfielder in the past. When Ozil signed for Arsenal back in 2013, Mourinho said: "Ozil is unique. There is no copy of him, not even a bad copy. He is the best No.10 in the world. He makes things very easy for me and for his team-mates with his football vision and the decisions he makes.”

But this isn’t the first time United have tried signing Ozil.

Seven years ago, Wayne Rooney suggested to Sir Alex Ferguson that he signed the playmaker.

Ferguson refused and reports have emerged as to why the Scot decided not to take a chance on the then Werder Breman player.

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Samuel Luckhurst - the Manchester United editor for Manchester Evening News - reminded everyone why the Red Devils didn’t take a chance on Ozil in 2010.

Why United didn't sign Ozil in 2010

“Ozil story evokes memory of @RedIssue reporting #mufc scouts deemed him 'too left-footed' in 2010. #Glazernomics,” he tweeted.

Too left-footed?

So the United scouts wouldn’t sign Lionel Messi if they had the chance?

Of course, being so one-footed can be a disadvantage for a footballer. However, if your strong foot is as good as Ozil’s left foot, why do you need a right foot?

Ferguson and United scouts may be looking back on the decision with a tinge of regret - especially as Ozil soon moved to Madrid for just €15 million.

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