Ian Wright believes that Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil will join Manchester United. Quite why he is so confident is unclear, but he has plenty of knowledge about Arsenal. He did, however, think that Arsene Wenger was set for retirement last season, and that plainly didn’t happen (technically, Wenger retired from football in 2006, it’s just that they haven’t got around to replacing him yet).
Jose Mourinho has correctly appraised that Daley Blind, Matteo Darmian, Ashley Young and Luke Shaw are not good enough to be considered for duty at left-back in the longer term. Mourinho will listen to offer for Darmian, Blind and Shaw, and will sell them over the course of the next few transfer windows, it says here. He is considering bringing two new defenders to play on either flank over the next two transfer windows, with some of the possibilities after the colon: Danny Rose, Jordi Alba, Ricardo Rodriguez, Kieran Tierney and Alessandro Florenzi.
Apparently, United need two wins from the next two weeks, or they can consider the title lost. That’s probably true, but it’s probably already true regardless of the next two results for United. Manchester City have spent the blood money from Abu Dhabi far better than United have spent their generally exploitative capitalist tokens.
Nemanja Matic has said that he is going to try really, really, really, really hard to help United win the title despite that disadvantage. Matic has been one of the few indisputable successes of United’s recent transfer spending, which is an indictment of the clowns in charge. Ed Woodward would be well served to do what he’s told by Mourinho, not by the Glazers (though they would of course promptly sack him).
And lastly, Henrikh Mkhitaryan is not even in the squad that travelled to Watford for the game today.