Paul Merson makes bizarre claim about Man United after PSV draw

Paul Merson describes Manchester United as a Subbuteo team after their goalless draw with PSV Eindhoven

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Former Arsenal man Paul Merson Photo: Sky Sports

Paul Merson has described Manchester United as a Subbuteo team after the Red Devils were held to a goalless draw by PSV Eindhoven in the Champions League on Wednesday night.

The Red Devils failed to click into gear despite dominating possession against the Dutch outfit at Old Trafford as they struggled to threaten the visitors’ goal.

There’s no movement, it’s very, very mechanical

Paul Merson

Jesse Lingard had the best chance of the game but blazed his shot over the crossbar.

The result means that United must beat Wolfsburg in Germany next month to guarantee their place in the last 16 of Europe’s elite club competition.

And former Arsenal midfielder Merson was far from impressed by what he saw from the Red Devils on Wednesday night.

Merson said on Sky Sports News HQ: “I don’t know the lad, but I’m a big fan of Wayne Rooney’s. But he can’t do it on his own.

“As I say, unless you get movement and you get pace then you will struggle; I think for me it’s a bit like watching a Subbuteo team at the moment watching Manchester United.

“When you watch Rooney playing for England – like against France the other night – he was right in the mood as he had people playing with pace around him, people making runs and the whole team was playing quicker.

“But if you set your team up at kick-off and at half-time when the whistle blows everyone is still in them positions and that’s exactly how it is for me at United at the minute. There’s no movement, it’s very, very mechanical, machine-like. Very hard to beat, but you either go one way or the other.

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“To keep clean sheets like they are and score goals at the same time is a hard balance to get and at the moment they haven’t got that. I’m one of their biggest critics but I’ll give them one thing they have a bit of belly about them. When they don’t play well they don’t lose.

“You watch Manchester City the other day, they played badly against Liverpool and it could have been seven.”

United return to Premier League action with a trip to leaders Leicester City on Saturday afternoon. The Red Devils will move to the top of the Premier League table if they beat City at the King Power Stadium.

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