Van De Beek Has Been Tagged A Panic Buy For Man Utd, Solskjaer To Get New Defender?

Donny van de Beek is the first signing of the summer at Old Trafford after Manchester United paid Ajax up to around £40m for his services.

But Paul Merson has a different opinion and regards the Netherlands international as a panic buy by the Red Devils and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer needs a defender more.

Merson also believes they should not sign Jadon Sancho and reckons the Norweigan should have prioritised his defence going into the remaining weeks of the transfer window.

“Donny Van de Beek looks like a panic buy at Manchester United,” he exclusively told Starsport

“I don’t get it. They just spent £40m on a position where they are already strong.

“And how does he play with Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes?

“You have to have someone who can play the holding role.

“That signing looked to me like: ‘Oh we haven’t bought anyone yet, let’s go and buy someone, who can we get?’

“When you look at their midfield, Fred was improving, and they’ve got Scott McTominay. Now they won’t get a game.

“And they just gave Nemanja Matic a new contract. “Would they have done that if they knew they were getting Van de Beek?

“It makes no sense to me. Who is making these decisions?

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“It’s like them going for Jadon Sancho. If they sign Sancho, Greenwood doesn’t play. For me they need another centre back.”

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