Paul Merson has criticized Manchester United’s decision to sign Ajax midfielder Donny van de Beek, calling the new Red Devils midfielder a “panic buy”.
The 23-year-old arrived at Old Trafford with a £ 40million deal this week with the Dutch giants, as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made his first foray into the summer transfer window.
Van de Beek is set to team up with fellow United stars Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba at the heart of Solskjaer’s squad, but Sky Sports specialist Merson believes the Dutchman only arrived because the club wants to please the supporters with a new signing.
Manchester United made a panic buy from Donny van de Beek (above), says Paul Merson
Merson believes Manchester United only bought Van de Beek to appease fans with a signing
Merson told the Daily Star: “Donny van de Beek looks like a panic buy at Manchester United. I do not understand.
“They just spent £ 40million on a position where they are already strong and how is he playing with Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes?
“You need someone who can play the role of a keeper. This signature sounded like, “Oh, we haven’t bought anyone yet, let’s go buy someone, who can we have? ”
Merson claims Van de Beek will not fit in with Paul Pogba (left) and Bruno Fernandes (right)
Before signing Van de Beek, Manchester United were frustrated in the transfer window after failing to capture Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho.
The 20-year-old England international was the subject of an offer from the Red Devils but failed to agree on a fee with Dortmund before the German club’s August 10 deadline to complete the deal .
Solskjaer and his team could return for Sancho by the end of the transfer window on October 5. They have also been linked with RB Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano this summer.
Van de Beek played 175 times for Dutch giant Ajax, scoring 41 goals for his childhood club
Van de Beek arrives at Old Trafford after climbing the ranks of Ajax childhood club. The 23-year-old has made 175 appearances for Ajax’s first team, scoring 41 goals.
He was part of the squad that reached the Champions League semi-finals in 2019 and has scored in every knockout round leading up to the last four losses against Tottenham Hotspur.
Van de Beek has also been selected ten times by the Dutch national team in the past three years, but failed to find the net.