Paul Merson has claimed Manchester United are “going nowhere” after their deadline day scramble.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer spent the entire window chasing attacking signings and in the final hours landed three forwards.
Edinson Cavani signed on a free transfer from PSG, while young wingers Facundo Pellistri and Amad Diallo are more likely to have an impact in the future.
But Merson has claimed that United should have been focusing on defensive signings after shipping 11 goals in three games.
Solskjaer watched on as Tottenham scored six times at Old Trafford to condemn them to a second straight home defeat to start the season.
The former Arsenal star has also claimed his old side have stolen a march on United, after they signed Thomas Partey on Monday.
Mikel Arteta landed his top target after the Gunners finally triggered the former Atletico Madrid midfielder’s release clause.
And writing in his Daily Star column, Merson has claimed Partey should have been a target for Old Trafford bosses.
He said: “I like where Arsenal are going on the pitch. Mikel Arteta is doing really well. And Partey is an unbelievable signing.
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Meanwhile, on United’s transfers, Merson has claimed that they have “opened the door” for the likes of Arsenal and Everton to gatecrash the top-four picture.
“Edinson Cavani is an underwhelming signing for Manchester United that shows they are going nowhere,” he added.
“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.
“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.
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“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.”
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