The Manchester United fans in the Transfer Tavern are eagerly anticipating the opening of the mid-season transfer window.
Manchester City’s dominance in the early stages of the current campaign has given the resident Red Devils propping up our bar plenty of cause for concern, but the January transfer window should give Jose Mourinho a chance to improve the strength of his current squad and close the gap on the league-leaders. Although it is unlikely that United will be capable of catching City this season, Mourinho will be keen to ensure that their supremacy does not continue beyond the end of the current campaign.
With that being said, it is likely that United will be hoping to use the next two transfer windows as an opportunity to reduce the gulf in class between the two Manchester clubs.
The former Manchester United defender Phil Neville believes that Mourinho needs to add more “hard-working” players to his current squad in order to catalyse an overall improvement at the club.
If Mourinho wishes to take Neville’s comments into consideration when he draws up a shortlist of transfer targets for the January window, then he would be wise to forget about luring Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil to Manchester.
Ozil’s future has been the subject of plenty of discussion in the British media with his contract set to expire in the summer of 2018, and reports linking him with a move to Manchester United have been a key component of the discussion so far.
However, for all of Ozil’s marvellous qualities, he is certainly not a player with a proven track record of working tirelessly on the pitch to help his team.
Unless Mourinho believes he has the ability to encourage Ozil to change his attitude and work-rate on the pitch, then he should take the advice of Neville and avoid a transfer for the German superstar.
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