Paul Merson rips Man Utd’s Edinson Cavani move and says club is ‘going nowhere’

Manchester United 's acquisition of Edinson Cavani has been slammed by Paul Merson, who's claimed the club's decision to sign veteran striker shows they're "are going nowhere."

United completed the signing of the former Paris Saint-Germain hitman on transfer deadline day, with the 33-year-old joining the club on a free transfer.

Cavani has penned a one-year deal at Old Trafford, although the Red Devils do have the option to extend it by a further year.

United's decision to sign the former Napoli man raised plenty of eyebrows, with many wondering why the club were forced to turn to a clubless striker in order to boost their firepower.

Former Arsenal midfielder Merson is among those stunned by the deal, which for the life of him he can't wrap his head around.

"Edinson Cavani is an underwhelming signing for Manchester United that shows they are going nowhere," the 52-year-old wrote in his Daily Star column.

"He’s been available on a free transfer since I don’t know when, and I don’t think they got beaten by Tottenham because they can’t put the ball in the net.

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  2. Liverpool (Nike) – £70m-a-season*
  3. Manchester City (Puma) – £65m-a-season
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"Having a man sent off in that game just gave them an excuse. They were already all over the shop defensively.

"It’s hard to play for a big club when you haven’t got any pace and their centre backs have none.

"I thought they were a shoe-in for the top four before the season started but until they get some legs in that back four I don’t see where they are going.

"They have opened the door for teams like Arsenal, Tottenham and Everton to finish in the top four this season.

"I don’t think they are a top-four club at the moment. They can’t defend for toffee, and they let Chris Smalling go to Roma. He would probably get in the team right now.

"Cavani feels like a Quick Fix. But he’s probably not even that if I’m being honest. I don’t see him being the difference."

Manchester United will be back in action a week on Saturday, travelling to St James' Park to take on Newcastle.

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