Rio Ferdinand questions just how much Paul Merson knows about new Man United signing
"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.
"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.
Welcome to Manchester!
Good work by ten Hag & the recruitment team at @ManUtd! ✍️ #Sabitzer https://t.co/a8S9j33v8B https://t.co/afinOhiIoO pic.twitter.com/kSixlIBHNl
— Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) February 1, 2023
"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.
Welcome to United, Marcel Sabitzer 👊#MUFC
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) February 1, 2023
"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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