Manchester United battled to a 2-1 win against Watford despite being reduced to ten men.
Jose Mourinho entered the international break as the favourite to be the first manager to lose his job this season but wins against Burnley and Watford have relieved the pressure on his shoulders. Two goals in three minutes from Romelu Lukaku and Chris Smalling handed the Red Devils the advantage before Andre Gray pegged one back. Nemanja Matic was sent off in the dying stages, but United held on for all three points.
The Portuguese was desperate to add a defender to his squad but saw moves for Toby Alderweireld and Harry Maguire fail. The latest set of reports have linked United with a move for Arsenal playmaker – Mesut Ozil. Valued at £40.5m by Transfermarkt, The Daily Express reports that Emery isn’t happy with the playmaker’s output and United are monitoring his situation at the Gunners very closely.
Ozil was once considered one of the top playmakers in world football, but his stock has taken a rapid decline in recent seasons. The former Germany international managed just four goals and eight assists in the Premier League last season – a poor record for someone who takes home £350,000-per-week. Not only would Ozil cost the club a considerable amount in wages, but Arsenal would also demand a huge fee for his services with the ex-Real Madrid man not long signing a new contract.
United broke the bank to sign Alexis Sanchez in January, but the Chilean has netted three goals and looking a shell of his former self. The Red Devils must avoid making the same mistake with Ozil.
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