Ray Wilkins is convinced that Manchester United won’t sign Mesut Ozil because they don’t actually want him.

Contrary to reports, Wilkins claims that Jose Mourinho doesn’t want Ozil in his team because the playmaker is too lazy.


“I would have sold Ozil in the summer, the same with Sanchez – it’s embarrassing,” Wilkins told Sporting Bet.

“I find it quite sad that the club have allowed Wenger to take the stance of not selling them, potentially costing the club £120million in fees that they’re now not getting.

“Mesut Ozil won’t go to Old Trafford because he doesn’t have the work ethic that Mourinho looks for in his players. I actually see Willian as being the likely player to head to Old Trafford. Jose is an enormous admirer of Willian and he would be a special signing for United, but I pray that Chelsea don’t let him go.

“Ozil needs to go back to Germany, enjoy his football again and get around the pitch as he likes doing. In the Premier League, you’re expected to work hard defensively for your team, and I don’t think Mesut does that enough. Against Spurs, he was excellent in doing that, tracking Christian Eriksen, but he needs to do that every game, it can’t be one game in 20.”

I can only assume that the former Chelsea man was interviewed a while ago or hasn’t watched any Arsenal games recently.

Ozil is on fire for the Gunners at the moment, putting in a Man of the Match-winning performance in the North London Derby, putting to bed claims that he doesn’t show up in big games, and then providing two assists as well as a goal against Huddersfield on Wednesday.

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LONDON, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 29: Mesut Ozil of Arsenal celebrates after scoring his sides fourth goal during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Huddersfield Town at Emirates Stadium on November 29, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

In November, it was confirmed that Ozil had actually made the most sprints out of any other player (82) and that was when he was playing ‘badly’.

Now, the German is on another level.

He’s created 39 chances in the Premier League – half what Alexis Sanchez managed last season before we’ve even hit the mid-point of the campaign.

Plus, has Wilkins forgotten that Ozil actually played at Real Madrid under Jose Mourinho? So, the midfielder wasn’t lazy then, he’s only lazy in red and white?

Not that I’m complaining. If Arsenal can prevent the 29-year-old from signing for United and somehow manage to convince him to stay, I would be over-the-moon.