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02nd Feb 2023

Rio Ferdinand questions just how much Paul Merson knows about new Man United signing

Lee Costello

“He will be a really good signing for Man United.”

Former England defender Rio Ferdinand has questioned just how much Paul Merson knows about Man United’s new signing Marcel Sabitzer.

The ex-United star was critical of the comments that Merson made on Sky Sports, claiming that the transfer was a ‘panic buy’ and a ‘fourth rate player’.

However, Ferdinand not only believes that Sabitzer is a brilliant addition to Old Trafford, but that Merson’s opinion is down to not actually seeing the player in action.

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“I am absolutely delighted with [the signing],’ the former Red Devils defender told his Vibe with FIVE YouTube channel.

“If I was trying to get a short-term replacement for Eriksen at the drop of a hat, Sabitzer is the player I would get.

“I watched a hell of a lot of this player when he was at RB Leipzig and he was sensational.

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“He was integral to everything they did. Yes he’s gone to Bayern and hasn’t tore it up there or become a regular but the players he’s behind are big, household names.

“He will be a really good signing for Man United. He’s an experienced player who has played in big games, Champions League games.

“For me, those comments [from Paul Merson] stink of someone who hasn’t seen him play. This guys knows how to play football.

“You don’t get signed by Bayern Munich if you’re a chump. He’s a really, really good footballer. Manchester United couldn’t have done any better, I don’t think.”

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