By Ollie Irish
Yes, he does look a lot like Mr G
More proof that Man Utd are not much of a buying club these days: World Cup star Mesut Ozil, who was a genuine transfer target for Fergie, has signed for Real Madrid, officially (subject to a medical on Wednesday). It’s inevitable really – Real, Barcelona, Man City and Chelsea have so much more buying power than clubs like United and Liverpool. The latter can’t compete when it comes to signing world stars.
Ozil’s fee is reported as €15m (around £12.5m). That’s a steal for such a fine young player. It’s a real shame for United that they didn’t manage to sign Ozil; he would have made an excellent replacement for Paul Scholes. Yet another one wriggles off the hook.
Is this a case of Fergie not trying hard enough, or genuinely being happy with his squad, or is it simply that United don’t have the cash? I suspect it’s the latter.