Wayne Rooney will help fire Man United to victory, says Arsenal legend
Paul Merson expects Wayne Rooney to be the difference between Southampton and Manchester United
Paul Merson believes Manchester United will be a “different kettle of fish” with Wayne Rooney in their side for the trip to St Mary’s on Monday night.
The Red Devils struggled past plucky Stoke City on Tuesday night after Spain international Juan Mata scored a 59th-minute winner to seal three points.
Louis van Gaal’s side are a point behind third-place Southampton after United’s four-game winning run helped to propel them up the Premier League table.
And former Arsenal midfielder Merson reckons Rooney’s return from a knee scare will prove key as United look to get one over their closest rivals.
“I think Southampton have hit a brick wall. The teams they have beaten weren’t any of the big boys,” Merson told Sky Sports.
“They did well and kept Arsenal at bay for most of the game but they never looked like scoring and you have to win games. Even with 10 men, Man City ripped them apart.
“Man United – with Wayne Rooney back – will be a different kettle of fish and I can’t see them getting anything even at home.”