Jose Mourinho reportedly doubts whether Mesut Ozil is actually better than Manchester United’s current creative options.

According to journalist Duncan Castles, Jose Mourinho doubts whether Ozil is better than Juan Mata and Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

“What I’m told he (Jose) wants is a player who is better than what he’s got at the moment and they don’t see Ozil as being better than what he’s got in terms of that central, creative, attacking midfielder,” Castles said on the Transfer Window podcast after claiming the United boss still rates the playmaker.

“Where he does want to recruit is in a faster wide player which isn’t Ozil’s forte.

“I think it’s unlikely that’s the club he ends up at when he has his freedom on contract in the summer.”

Manchester United have been linked with a move Ozil once his Arsenal contract runs out at the end of the season and he’s available on a free.

However, while Mourinho still probably believes the German international is good, his current options are currently in great form. Mkhitaryan already has six assists and two goals this season, and Mata has a goal. Ozil has no goals or assists so far this term.

Mkhitaryan
MOSCOW, RUSSIA – SEPTEMBER 27: Henrikh Mkhitaryan of Manchester United celebrates after he scores his sides fourth goal during the UEFA Champions League group A match between CSKA Moskva and Manchester United at WEB Arena on September 27, 2017 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

However, considering Mata is also out of contract at the end of the season, there could potentially be space for the ex-Real Madrid no.10.

Mourinho has always been a huge fan of Ozil. He once described him as the best in the world in his position and for all we know perhaps he could get the 28-year-old back to his former level. But it doesn’t appear that this will be happening.

Meanwhile, I’m just going to be over here rocking silently in a corner, dreaming that Ozil will actually decide to sign a new deal with Arsenal and won’t jump ship like Alexis Sanchez.

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