Man United ‘will lose their status as the world’s biggest club if they continue to chase PRIMARK players’, warns Paul Merson… as ex-Arsenal star says Erik ten Hag should buy ‘luxury goods from Harrods’ in the transfer market
- Paul Merson claims Manchester United is after ‘Primark’ players
- And he insists that the club will lose their status as the world’s biggest club
- United tried to capture Marko Arnautovic and chase midfielder Adrien Rabiot
- Arsenal’s ex-striker warns it could be a long time before United win the league
By Dominic Hogan for Mailonline
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Paul Merson has criticized Manchester United by claiming they will lose their status in world football if their transfer policy is continued.
The former Arsenal and England forward claimed United’s recent targets have all been ‘Primark’ players, insisting the Red Devils should ‘shop at Harrods’ as they aim to bolster their roster before the end of the period.
Merson’s comments come after chases from Austrian forward Marko Arnautovic and Juventus’ Adrien Rabiot, and Manchester Evening News reported Friday that the club had also sought an 11-hour deal for Chelsea flop Timo Werner.
Paul Merson denounced Manchester United’s transfer policy by calling recent targets ‘Primark’ players and saying the club should buy ‘luxury goods’ in Harrods
Adrien Rabiot’s future transfer (left) to United was very unpopular with supporters on Twitter, while United also saw social media explode with criticism of Marko ArnautovicRead:Fans arrive at Turf Moor in their thousands to watch Burnley host Bristol City in the Championship
Merson wrote in his Daily Star column: ‘United should be shopping in Harrods, not Primark for players like Marko Arnautovic. I am not surprised that the fans have made a fuss about that and made the club think because Arnautovic is not good enough for United.
“I don’t know what’s going on at Old Trafford, but they’re making the same old mistakes over and over in the transfer market. The fans must be thinking, “What’s going on here?” and you can’t really blame them.
Ten Hag has made three purchases so far, but is aiming for further goals
“If United want to get back into the top four, they have to find better players than Arnautovic. There probably aren’t many teams in the bottom half of the table that would sign him, let alone the top half.
“United should be buying luxury goods, but they are on the other side of the high street right now and that shouldn’t be happening. They lose that aura they used to have and the longer it takes, the harder it is to get it back.
United were the biggest club in the world, but they are now starting to slip out of that position. It may be a long time before they win the title again as they are a million miles behind Manchester City and Liverpool.”
After closing deals for Tyrell Malacia and Lisandro Martinez from PSV Eindhoven and Ajax respectively for £66 million, and a free transfer for Christian Eriksen, Ten Hag has continued to look for further additions.
And the disappointing 2-1 home defeat to Brighton on the opening day of the season will have given Ten Hag a warning that his side is in dire need of improvements if they are to compete for titles this year.
Manchester United legend Lou Macari revealed he ‘never heard of’ Adrien Rabiot on MUTV
Fans have joined Merson in ridiculing the latest transfer targets emerging at Old Trafford, which include Rabiot, Arnautovic, Werner and Argentina striker Mauro Icardi.
But perhaps the most embarrassing criticism the club has received to date came on their own 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 Rabiot’s chase, saying: “I’d never really heard of him. Clubs spend millions of pounds scouting players across Europe, but no one else has made a move for this guy. Why do you think this is? I have a bad feeling about that man.’