Merson slams no fewer than eight Man Utd stars in extraordinary attack

Date published: Sunday 26th January 2020 8:29


Ex-Arsenal legend Paul Merson has launched a scathing attack on eight Man Utd players as well as chief executive Ed Woodward.

The Red Devils currently sit in fifth position in the Premier League but have endured another torrid season resulting in mounting pressure on manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Talk of improvement in performance after their 2-0 defeat to bitter rivals Liverpool was quickly quashed after slumping to another loss by the same scoreline at home to Burnley in midweek.

Despite being linked with a host of superstar names in the current window including Edinson Cavani and Bruno Fernandes, Utd are yet to make a January signing.

The latest word suggested Uruguayan Cavani snubbed a move to Old Trafford despite a mega money offer, although the long-running Bruno Fernandes saga appears to have once again gained traction if the recent reports are accurate.

However, whether Utd can rejuvenate their current season will depend much upon their current crop of players, many of whom were signed by Woodward.

The Utd head honcho has received persistent criticism for a number of unsuccessful managerial appointments and transfer arrivals, and ex-Gunner Merson was the latest to fire away.

Merson told Starsport (via the Metro): “How can Ed Woodward keep getting away with it at Manchester United?

“I keep hearing that their squad cost £100m more than Liverpool’s. How is that possible! It’s unbelievable.

“I watch United sometimes and it’s sad to see. I feel uncomfortable watching them. This is not Manchester United.


Regarding the current crop of Red Devils stars, Merson was equally unimpressed.

“So many players are not good enough,” said Merson.

“Fred has got better but let’s face it, he couldn’t get any worse.

“Anthony Martial doesn’t seem to realise who he’s playing for. I’m not sure Victor Lindelof and Harry Maguire are good enough to play in a back four.

“They suit a three better. And Aaron Wan-Bissaka has hit a massive brick wall. Burnley were targeting him.

“Daniel James needs to come out of the team for a breather because his confidence looks shot, and as for Jesse Lingard – where have the goals gone?

“People say United miss Scott McTominay when he doesn’t play. But how many top clubs are lining up to try and sign him?

“It’s sad how far United have dropped. ‘Never mind the top two. Look how far behind Leicester they are!

“This is Manchester United. They shouldn’t be playing for fourth place.”

Meanwhile, Paulo Dybala addressed the failed summer bids for his services from Man Utd and Spurs, but dropped a hint that a move may yet materialise in a future window.


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