Manchester United: Paul Merson says Red Devils need to 'act fast' to sort out a permanent manager

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Paul Merson rips into ’embarrassing’ Manchester United after defeat by Wolves… as he insists they ‘missed the boat with Antonio Conte’ and ‘need to act fast’ to sort out a permanent manager after Ralf Rangnick

  • Manchester United were outclassed by Wolves in a 1-0 defeat at Old Trafford 
  • Paul Merson said United were ‘torn to shreds’ by the West Midlands side
  • He has questioned why United didn’t go for Antonio Conte to become manager
  • Merson feels they need to act quickly to sort out a permanent manager 


Paul Merson has delivered a damning verdict of Manchester United’s miserable display against Wolves.

Ralf Rangnick suffered his first defeat as interim manager at the club, as United fell to a 1-0 defeat to Wolves thanks to an 82nd-minute Joao Moutinho strike.  

Merson has described their performance on Monday night as ’embarrassing,’ after they were outclassed by the West Midlands side.

Paul Merson has described Manchester United's display against Wolves as 'embarrassing'

Paul Merson has described Manchester United’s display against Wolves as ’embarrassing’ 

The Red Devils were outplayed by Wolves on home soil as they fell to a 1-0 defeat

In his column for Sky Sports, the Soccer Saturday panellist said: ‘It was embarrassing for Manchester United. Embarrassing.

‘Watching the game, I’d go as far as cringeworthy. United had no plan and it was like the players were just going out and doing whatever they wanted. They were playing their own game.’

He added: ‘I’ve never really seen anything like it from Manchester United. It’s worrying. This is Man Utd and they got absolutely ripped to shreds against Wolves at Old Trafford.’

Merson also said that Manchester United ‘missed the boat’ with Antonio Conte and were ‘lazy’ not to go for him.

Merson says Manchester United were 'lazy' not to pursue Antonio Conte as manager

Merson says Manchester United were ‘lazy’ not to pursue Antonio Conte as manager 

Merson says there is not much Ralf Rangnick can do during his short stint as interim boss

Merson says there is not much Ralf Rangnick can do during his short stint as interim boss 

The Italian had been linked with the United job towards the end of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s spell as manager.

United opted to give the Norwegian more time, while Tottenham wasted no time by sacking Nuno Espirito Santo and immediately appointing Conte.

Not long after, United sacked Solskjaer and appointed Ralf Rangnick as interim manager until the end of the season.

Merson said: ‘When you look at Tottenham now, it was just lazy from United that they didn’t go for him.

‘Spurs are a completely different team now. He’s come in and he’s spoken, and how can you not listen to a guy like Conte. He’s won the league everywhere he’s been. He comes in and he doesn’t mess about.

Merson says United need to act quickly to find a permanent manager going forward

Merson says United need to act quickly to find a permanent manager going forward

‘On the other hand, Rangnick is at United for just six months. What can he do in that time?’ 

Merson has also insisted Manchester United should go out and ‘buy a manager’ as a matter of priority.

He said: ‘It is one of the things I just don’t get with football. It’s all about money, transfers and bringing in players, but nobody ever pays the big bucks to go and get a manager.

‘If they do, everyone is talking about how much they cost, but if you haven’t got the manager you aren’t winning anything, in my opinion.

‘Manchester United need to act and fast.’

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