Merson claims Man Utd should have signed Arsenal star on deadline day

Paul Merson admits he is unsure why Manchester United didn’t go in for Arsenal’s Thomas Partey on deadline day as the midfielder is superior to their current options.

The Red Devils had a relatively quiet window compared to their rivals in the Premier League, as they missed out on top target Jadon Sancho.

However, United did bring in £40 million midfielder Donny van de Beek, and on deadline day sealed deals for Edinson Cavani, Alex Telles and youngsters Facundo Pellestri and Amad Diallo, with the latter set to arrive in January in a deal rising to £37m.

Their top-four rivals Arsenal made a late push to sign Partey from Atletico Madrid as they activated his £45m release clause, and Gunners legend Merson is unsure why United, or even Manchester City didn’t attempt to bring in the Ghana international.

He told the Daily Star: ‘I like where Arsenal are going on the pitch. Mikel Arteta is doing really well. And Partey is an unbelievable signing.

‘I don’t know why Manchester United or even Manchester City didn’t go for him. He’s better than what they’ve got.’

United have struggled to click into gear so far this season, losing two out of their first three Premier League games.

Jose Mourinho returned to Old Trafford to inflict a humiliating 6-1 defeat on his former club last weekend.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side will get the chance to bounce back when they face Newcastle United at St James’ Park after the international break.

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