After Christian Eriksen’s ankle injury, United had to react quickly on the transfer market. The Dane will be out for months and Erik ten Hag was keen to sign a new midfielder on Deadline Day. In the end it was FCB professional Marcel Sabitzer who switched to the Red Devils on loan.

The response from United fans on social media was very subdued. Former England international Paul Merson is also anything but convinced of Sabitzer: “On January 1 there was no interest in him, then Eriksen got injured and now there is panic and a fourth-rate Bayern player is brought in,” he explained to “Sky sports”

Merson has serious doubts as to whether the 28-year-old will actually help Manchester: “Sure, Kimmich and Goretzka are a bank. But if Sabitzer was really good, he would put pressure on those two.”

United legend Rio Ferdinand’s verdict is much more positive: “Sabitzer will turn out to be a stroke of luck for Manchester. They couldn’t have picked a better one.” The 44-year-old is particularly enthusiastic about “RB-Sabitzer”: “I saw a lot of him when he was in Leipzig and he played sensationally.”

Ferdinand also referred to the fact that Manchester had hardly any other alternatives on Deadline Day: “Bayern Munich don’t commit any losers. If I had had to sign an Eriksen replacement at short notice, I would have gotten Sabitzer too.”

This article was written by Vjeko Keskic

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