Rio Ferdinand lambasts Paul Merson for evaluation of Manchester United transfer

Paul Merson has been charged by Rio Ferdinand with making sweeping claims about Marcel Sabitzer without ever having seen him play.

Rio Ferdinand and Paul Merson have gotten into a fight over Marcel Sabitzer, who transferred from Bayern Munich to Manchester United on loan on the final day of the transfer window.

On the final day of the January transfer window, Sabitzer transferred from Bayern Munich to Manchester United on loan through the remainder of the season.

The Austrian international was brought in to fill in for Christian Eriksen, whose ankle injury will keep him out until the end of April or beginning of May.

Merson charged United with panic buying after the 28-year-old battled to get into Bayern’s lineup this season, starting just seven Bundesliga games.

“He doesn’t get in the Bayern Munich team, as the manager just said. He’s way off that,” on Sky Sports, the former Arsenal midfielder described Sabitzer.

In Bayern’s hierarchy, Sabitzer has been caught behind players like Jamal Musiala, Goretzka, and Kimmich.

Just two goals and two assists have been produced by him in 54 games since his £13.7 million signing from RB Leipzig in August 2021.

Ferdinand is certain, though, that United made the right decision in hiring Sabitzer.

He dismissed Merson’s evaluation of the deal on his  Vibe with Five YouTube channel.

“In my opinion, those remarks are from someone who hasn’t seen him perform. In reaction to Merson, Ferdinand observed, “This guy knows how to play football.”

“I watched a hell of a lot of this player when he was at RB Leipzig and he was sensational. He was integral to everything they did. Yes he’s gone to Bayern and hasn’t torn 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.”

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