The Red Devils looked set for a quiet transfer deadline day but have been pressed into emergency action following confirmation of Christian Eriksen’s injury.
United confirmed earlier on Tuesday that the influential midfielder has suffered serious damage to the ankle that he hurt following a horrific challenge from Andy Carroll during last weekend’s FA Cup win over Reading.
The 28-year-old has struggled to hold down a first team role since his move from RB Leipzig 18 months ago and Merson has questioned whether a player who can’t get into Bayern’s first XI is good enough for Erik ten Hag’s improving United side.
He told Sky Sports: ‘He doesn’t get in the Bayern Munich team as the manager said, he’s way off that.
There was no interest in him on January 1, now it’s a panic, Eriksen’s just got injured and it’s a panic and you’re bringing fourth rate Bayern Munich players in.
If I’m a Manchester United fan I’d be looking and thinking he’s not in their first team so why would we want him in our team.
Meanwhile, when asked about the possibility of bolstering his midfield options before the transfer window closes on Tuesday evening, Ten Hag admitted any move for United would be ‘difficult’.