Last summer, former Manchester United manager David Moyes made one significant piece of transfer business - the introduction of Marouane Fellaini in the Old Trafford set-up.
However, the deal was regarded to be a panic purchase due to preferential targets seemingly slipping through the Scotsman's fingers and the Belgian midfielder ended up returning substandard performances.
One year later, Moyes's successor Louis van Gaal has completed his first signing but former Arsenal midfielder turned Sky Sports pundit has asked whether Marcos Rojo can be deemed a panic buy.
"Why didn’t they buy him three weeks ago if he was who they wanted? It feels like things have changed because they lost to Swansea City," said Merson, implying that the recruitment of the erstwhile Sporting Lisbon defender may have been a kneejerk reaction to the opening Premier League day loss.
"Was Marcos Rojo a panic buy?" The Englishman asked.
Rojo follows on from Luke Shaw and Ander Herrera, yet the club may still re-enter the market ahead of deadline day in order to make them even more competitive, with Xabi Alonso, Daley Blind, Kevin Strootman and Angel di Maria all linked.
"Man United are nothing special at the moment and are three world-class players short of being competitive," he continued.
On his prediction for the August 24 match against Sunderland, he said: "I will go for a narrow 1-0 United win because I can’t remember the last time they lost their first two games of the season, but I’m only making this prediction because they’re called Man United if I’m being honest."