Arsenal star warned he wouldn’t last long if he signed for Man United
Mesut Ozil would have to step his game up if he wanted to be a success at Manchester United, says Mikael Silvestre
Mesut Ozil would have to change his attitude if he signed for Manchester United from Arsenal, according to Mikael Silvestre.
The 29-year-old playmaker has been touted as a possible transfer target for the Red Devils in recent days, although it’s not clear how truthful those reports are.
Ozil was back to his best form for Arsenal on Sunday as he helped to inspire the Gunners to an impressive 5-2 win over Everton at Goodison Park.
The German’s future has been a relentless source of speculation in recent months after both he and Alexis Sanchez entered into the final 12 months of their contracts at the club.
It remains to be seen whether Ozil will still be an Arsenal player this time next year, but former Manchester United defender Silvestre clearly isn’t convinced that he would be able to cut it at Old Trafford.
Speaking to beIN Sports, Silvestre said: “I think he would have to change his attitude. I think it’s mainly when the team loses the ball.
“The first few seconds in reaction – that’s when the coaches want you to get up and try to recover as quickly as possible. Be that man to block and try to stop your opponent.
“And his transitions sometimes, he looks like ‘OK we lost the ball now and I’ve got to run back now because I’m Arsenal’, but sometimes it doesn’t look like he is interested, so at United he wouldn’t last long – especially with Jose [Mourinho].”
Ozil will be expecting to start for Arsenal when the Gunners return to Premier League action next weekend with a home clash against Swansea City.
The World Cup winner signed for Arsenal from Spanish giants Real Madrid back in the summer of 2013 and has been a regular fixture in the first team ever since.