Manchester United should sign Mesut Ozil, claims Paul Scholes

first_img Metro Sport ReporterThursday 24 Oct 2019 8:30 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.6kShares Mesut Ozil is not wanted by Unai Emery (Picture: Getty)Manchester United legend Paul Scholes believes his former club should make a move for Arsenal outcast Mesut Ozil.The German has made just two appearances for Arsenal so far this term and has been left out of the Gunners’ last five matchday squads by Mesut Ozil.The playmaker signed a new long-term deal worth around £350,000-a-week just four months before Emery arrived at the club and the Spaniard wants to sell the midfielder to raise funds.United beat Partizan Belgrade in Serbia on Thursday but Anthony Martial’s strike from the penalty spot was the side’s only shot on target.ADVERTISEMENT Manchester United should sign Mesut Ozil, claims Paul Scholes Scholes believes the German could add something different at Old Trafford (Picture: Getty)Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is keen on adding creativity to his midfield and Scholes thinks Ozil could be the answer.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘Man Utd could do with someone like Ozil who can link a team together,’ Scholes told BT Sport.‘[He is] a player who can link teams together. He has got great quality, he’s shown that in his career.‘He could be an answer short-term, I don’t know. I think that would be up to him, ultimately.‘I can’t [see it happening], but he’s the type of player, short-term, who United could do with.’More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errorsJose Mourinho was keen on signing Ozil in 2018 but the playmaker was intent on staying at Arsenal.He recently reiterated his desire to stay at the Emirates but Emery shows no signs of reversing his treatment of the former Real Madrid man.MORE: Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino eyeing Max Aarons, Nathan Ferguson and Bruno Fernandes in January spending spree Advertisement Advertisement Commentlast_img read more

Tour de France 2019: Julian Alaphilippe tightens yellow jersey grip with surprise time-trial win

first_imgThe Frenchman was 14 seconds quicker than nearest rival Thomas on a hot day in his homeland and leads the Team INEOS rider by a minute and 26 seconds after stage 13.Deceuninck-Quick Step’s Alaphilippe, roared on by a partisan crowd, was quicker than Thomas after every split and had enough in the tank to storm up a final climb for another victory. Related News Tour de France 2019: Simon Yates takes break from brotherly support to win stage 12 1. Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal) 542. Thomas De Gendt (Lotto Soudal) 373. Giulio Ciccone (Trek-Segafredo) 30WHAT NEXT?The climbers should be licking their lips at the prospect of a 73-mile mountainous stage from Tarbes to Tourmalet Bareges in the Pyrenees on Saturday, with a first high-altitude finish of this year’s race. Julian Alaphilippe fittingly marked the 100th anniversary of the yellow jersey Friday by increasing his Tour de France lead with a magnificent individual time-trial stage win in Pau.Defending champion Geraint Thomas was fancied to take over as leader of the general classification on Friday, but Alaphilippe made another statement by securing his second stage win of the race with a blistering ride over the 17-mile course. Julian Alaphilippe gave everything he had to win the stage and keep the Yellow Jersey! @alafpolak1 a tout donné pour remporter l’étape et consolider son Maillot Jaune ! #TDF2019 pic.twitter.com/nKpTK1UaXD— Tour de France™ (@LeTour) July 19, 2019″It’s incredible. I’m really happy,” Alaphilippe said. “Without being pretentious, I knew I could do a good performance on such a course, I told my cousin Franck this morning that I’d do something good but I didn’t think I could win the stage, especially with such a big gap against Geraint Thomas.”The first part suited me but I surprised myself in the second part of the race. I pushed my limits. With the help of the public, I gave everything until the line. I heard that even in my team car they all cried.”Steven Kruijswijk and Enric Mas moved above Thomas’ teammate Egan Bernal into third and fourth place respectively in the general classification standings, with 2:12 and 2:44 to make up on Alaphilippe.Wout van Aert had to abandon the race four days after winning stage 10, the Belgian taken to the hospital after crashing when he appeared to get his handlebars caught on advertising signage draped over barriers at a right turn.Team Jumbo-Visma revealed the 24-year-old suffered a flesh wound to his right leg, bringing a premature end to his race.Rohan Dennis had been well fancied to win the time trial, but the Team Bahrain Merida rider mysteriously pulled out during the 12th stage, offering no explanation but stating that he had made the right decision.Tour de France Stage 13 results1. Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick Step) 0:35.002. Geraint Thomas (INEOS) +0:143. Thomas De Gendt (Lotto Soudal) +0:364. Rigoberto Uran (EF Education First) +0:365. Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo) +0:45Tour de France standingsGeneral Classification1. Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick Step) 53:01:092. Geraint Thomas (INEOS) +1:263. Steven Kruijswijk (Team Jumbo-Visma ) +2:12Points Classification1. Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) 2772. Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain-Merida) 1912. Elia Viviani (Deceuninck-Quick Step) 184King of the Mountainslast_img read more