Ferguson: Rooney wanted me to sign Ozil

by Sam Peoples

Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed that Wayne Rooney told him to sign Mesut Ozil back in 2010 during the time when he questioned the clubs ambition.

Ozil joined Real Madrid that year and it was believed that United were interested in taking him to Old Trafford but in his autobiography, Ferguson said he put Rooney in his place straight away when it came to transfer targets.

An extract from Ferguson’s book read: “My response was to ask Wayne: ‘when have we not challenged for the League in the last 20 years?’ How many European finals have we been to in the last three or four years?’

“I told him that to say we weren’t ambitious was nonsense.

“Wayne said that we should have pursued Mesut Ozil, who had joined Real Madrid from Werder Bremen. My reply was that it was none of his business who we should have gone for.

“I told him it was his job to play and perform. My job was to pick the correct teams. And so far I had been getting it right.”

Since he joined Madrid, Ozil has become one of the best playmakers in the world and he has carried his form over to the Premier League with Arsenal where he has had an instant impact but Ferguson has said he was never interested in bringing him to Old Trafford in 2010, despite the fact that he scouted the German on plenty of occasions.

Ferguson elaborated on the point when questioned by a journalist at his press conference this afternoon.

“The thing is that Ozil was not on our radar,” he said.

“I told Rooney that at the time. We got most of them right over the years and signed Chicharito that summer and my thoughts was that their partnership was a fair prospect for us to look at.

“Ozil played wide right at Werder Bremen and then off the front towards the end of the season. He was part of a great Under-21 Germany side and did very well at the World Cup too but a #10 type of player was not on our radar.

“I explained that to Wayne and as I say, we got most of them right.”

Ferguson got most of them right but not going in all guns blazing to sign Ozil wasn’t one of them. In 2010, Ozil was one of the most promising youngsters in the world and he has emphatically fulfilled that potential so far.

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