Paul Merson: Why Chelsea will settle for a draw against Man United
Paul Merson believes that Chelsea are more concerned with not losing Saturday's game with Manchester United than winning
Paul Merson believes that Chelsea are likely to be held to a draw by Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
The Red Devils head to west London looking to continue their recent fine form after having secured impressive wins over Tottenham, Liverpool and Manchester City in recent weeks.
Chelsea, meanwhile, are currently seven points clear at the top of the Premier League table as they look for a win to take another step closer towards their first top-flight title since 2010.
However, former Arsenal midfielder Merson feels that Jose Mourinho is likely to set his team up to contain United and will be more concerned with not losing the game than securing the three points.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Merson said: “Chelsea will be fully focused on not losing the game. Jose Mourinho will set up to contain Manchester United. He’s done it before and, with the title on the line, he’ll do it again.
“The pressure will certainly be off Manchester United. They have a bit of a free swing at Stamford Bridge but this game will be a real test of how far United have come under Louis van Gaal. They have certainly improved but this will be a real test against a Chelsea side that has been the best team in the country by a mile this season.
“I think this will be a tight game and I can see it finishing in a 1-1 draw. Chelsea will definitely settle for that!”
Louis van Gaal’s United side have been in fine form in recent weeks and have won eight of their last 10 Premier League games.
Chelsea have won seven and drawn three of their last 10 top-flight outings.