Paul Merson: Why Man United will ease to win over Aston Villa

Paul Merson is fully expecting Manchester United to coast to victory over Aston Villa at Old Trafford on Saturday

Paul Merson believes that Manchester United will comfortably beat Aston Villa at Old Trafford on Saturday as the Red Devils look to keep their bid for Champions League qualification on track.

United were in impressive form as two goals from Juan Mata handed Louis van Gaal’s men a 2-1 victory over Liverpool at Anfield in their most recent Premier League outing.

That win kept the Red Devils in fourth place in the Premier League table as Van Gaal looks to guide United back into Europe’s elite club competition in his first season in charge at Old Trafford.

And former Arsenal man Merson feels that United will ease to victory over Tim Sherwood’s men at Old Trafford on Saturday.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Merson said: “I have to give credit where credit is due, Manchester United were absolutely outstanding against Liverpool.

“They gave Brendan Rodgers’ side the run around at Anfield and the home side were never in the match. That was testament to United’s performance and I’m backing them to keep that level up at home to Aston Villa.

“Tim Sherwood’s men had a bad result against Swansea when the expectation was on them to win and despite the pressure being off when they make the trip to Old Trafford, I can’t see them getting anything.”

United have won 17 of their 30 Premier League games since Van Gaal was appointed as David Moyes’ permanent successor last summer.

Villa, meanwhile, have won just two of their last 10 top-flight games.

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