Man United ‘will lose their status as the world’s biggest club if they keep pursuing PRIMARK players’, warns Paul Merson… as ex-Arsenal star says Erik ten Hag should be buying ‘luxury goods from Harrods’ in transfer market

  • Paul Merson claims Manchester United have been pursuing ‘primark’ players 
  • And he insists it will see the club lose their status as the world’s biggest club 
  • United have recently failed in the pursuit of Marko Arnautovic and Adrien Rabiot 
  • The ex-Arsenal forward warns it could be a long time until United win the league 

Paul Merson has slammed Manchester United by claiming they will lose their status in world football if their transfer policy is allowed to continue. 

The former Arsenal and England forward claimed that United’s recent targets have all been ‘primark’ players, and insisted that the Red Devils should be ‘shopping in Harrods’ as they strive to strengthen their squad before the end of the window. 

Merson’s comments come after pursuits of Austrian forward Marko Arnautovic and Juventus‘ Adrien Rabiot, and Manchester Evening News reported on Friday that the club had also attempted an eleventh hour deal for Chelsea flop Timo Werner. 

Paul Merson slammed Manchester United’s transfer policy by calling recent targets ‘primark’ players and saying that the club should be ‘shopping for luxury goods’ in Harrods

Adrien Rabiot's prospective transfer to United was very unpopular with supporters on Twitter

Social media also had a role in Manchester United not pursuing a move for Marko Arnautovic

Adrien Rabiot’s (left) prospective transfer to United was very unpopular with supporters on Twitter while United also saw social media explode with criticism over Marko Arnautovic

Merson wrote in his Daily Star column: ‘United should be shopping in Harrods, not Primark for players like Marko Arnautovic. I’m not surprised the fans kicked up a fuss about that and got the club to think again because Arnautovic is not good enough for United.

‘I don’t know what is going on at Old Trafford but they are making the same old mistakes time and time again in the transfer market. The fans must be thinking: “What is going on here?” and you can’t really blame them. 

Ten Hag has so far made three signings but is pursuing further targets

Ten Hag has so far made three signings but is pursuing further targets

‘If United want to get back in the top four, they have to find better players than Arnautovic. There probably aren’t many teams in the bottom half of the table who would sign him, let alone the top half.

‘United should be shopping for luxury goods but they are down the other end of the high street at the moment and that shouldn’t happen. They are losing that aura they used to have and the longer it goes on the harder it is to get that back. 

‘United were the biggest club in the world but they are starting to slip from that position now. It could be a long time before they win the title again because they are a million miles behind Manchester City and Liverpool.’

Having completed deals for Tyrell Malacia and Lisandro Martinez from PSV Eindhoven and Ajax respectively for a £66million, as well as a free transfer for Christian Eriksen, Ten Hag has continued to search for further additions. 

And the disappointing 2-1 home loss against Brighton on the opening day of the season will have sent a warning to Ten Hag that his side still requires urgent improvements if they are to compete for titles this year.  

Manchester United legend Lou Macari revealed he has 'never heard of' Adrien Rabiot on MUTV

Manchester United legend Lou Macari revealed he has ‘never heard of’ Adrien Rabiot on MUTV 

Fans have joined Merson in ridiculing the latest transfer targets to emerge at Old Trafford, including Rabiot, Arnautovic, Werner and Argentinian striker Mauro Icardi. 

But perhaps the most embarrassing criticism the club have received thus far came on their in-house TV channel MUTV, where it is almost unheard of for guests to speak negatively about what is happening at Old Trafford.

Former United legend Lou Macari slammed the pursuit of Rabiot, saying: ‘I’d never really heard of him. Clubs spend millions of pounds scouting players across Europe, but nobody else has made a move for this fella. Why do you think this is? I have got a bad feeling about the guy.’


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