'I'm flabbergasted' – Paul Merson slams Bruno Fernandes' 'moaning' and lays into Man Utd for giving him new deal
PAUL MERSON has slammed Manchester United for giving "moaning" Bruno Fernandes a new deal.
On Friday the Red Devils announced that the midfielder had penned a new five-year deal to stay at the club.
They have also doubled his wages to £240,000 per-week.
Former Arsenal man Merson was quick to react to the news, labelling it as "strange" due to the fact that Man Utd have not appointed a new manager yet.
He has since doubled down on his criticism, arguing that the club did it "off-the-cuff" and blasted the star for his "moaning".
When speaking on Sky Sports' Soccer Saturday, Merson said: "I'm flabbergasted if I'm being honest.
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"You give him a four-year contract extension, more money, whatever it may be.
"A manager comes in, he might not like (Bruno) Fernandes.
"He might not like all the throwing the hands up, moaning at everybody when he doesn't get the ball."
Ajax boss Erik ten Hag has already been interviewed by the club regarding the job, and Merson believes that he might want to do things differently if he did decide to move to Old Trafford.
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"It might be the lad at Ajax," he added.
"Who's got someone else, and he thinks 'you know, I've got someone else I want to bring in who wants to play my way.'
"I'm completely and utterly shocked. I cannot believe what's happening.
"Everything's just being done off-the-cuff.
"It's been done off-the-cuff for the last couple of years at Man Utd and that is a prime example.
"Unless they've got a manager sorted, which I doubt they have…I'm very shocked.
"Especially that kind of player, you have to like that kind of player.
"You know, you've got to really like him. He's a bit of a luxury player.
"If the lad from Ajax comes in, he plays a certain way of football, I'm majorly shocked. It's a bit of a shambles at the moment."
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