Rumour has it that Manchester United will pursue German midfielder Mesut Ozil this summer – and Red Devils’ supporters should be hoping there’s truth to these reports.
Ozil has been a superb addition for Real Madrid, who snapped him up for the relatively cheap fee of £15m after he dazzled at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
Indeed, Real picked up Ozil and Sami Khedira for around £25m after both had starred in South Africa while Manchester United ignored the chance to sign either and instead bought Javier Hernández and Chris Smalling.
In ignoring the German duo, they’ve had to drag Paul Scholes out of retirement, so great is their need for a playmaker and they’ve got away with it in the Premier League this season because the competition just hasn’t been up to it.
In Europe however, they’ve been found out and should be breaking the bank for Ozil to make sure it doesn’t happen again.
If United win the Premier League title then we can all look back to their win over their City rivals at the Etihad Stadium in the FA Cup as the decisive moment.
While at the time Roberto Mancini’s men were still riding high in the Premier League, few could have predicted the about turn in fortunes.
First and foremost, a win over your rivals is a massive result in any circumstances but after the 6-1 mauling at Old Trafford, the importance of revenge cannot be overstated.
Until the Wigan Athletic fiasco Ferguson’s men didn’t lose a league game after that result, while Manchester City struggled with their away form to allow United back into the title race.
This third-round cup tie was also the time that Ferguson chose to play his trump card and bring Paul Scholes out of retirement and back into the heart of United’s midfield.
The way Scholes has seamlessly slotted back into the team is testament to his continued brilliance and United look a different side with him pulling the strings, and that’s a large reason why the 20th league title is heading to Old Trafford.
From City’s point of view, the defeat in itself certainly knocked what looked to be an otherwise serene glide to the title but don’t forget they lost their captain and best defender Vincent Kompany to a red card.
That led to the introduction of the woeful Stefan Savic whose partnership with Kolo Touré at the back cost City a lot of points as the title race wore on.
Carlos Tévez’s return to the City line-up might have sparked them back to life, but it’s a case of too little too late. The damage was done all the way back in January.
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