Paul Merson: Why Man United will finish fourth above Liverpool this term

Paul Merson believes that Manchester United will only end up fourth in the Premier League this season

Paul Merson believes that Manchester United are set to emulate last season’s fourth-placed finish this term, with Manchester City set to lift the title.

Louis van Gaal’s men finished in fourth place in the Dutchman’s first campaign in charge at Old Trafford as he successfully led his new club back into the Champions League.

With the Red Devils having signed six new players this summer, United had been tipped by many to challenge for the Premier League title during the 2015-16 campaign, but that talk has been put on hold after they slumped to a 2-1 loss to Swansea City last weekend.

And former Arsenal star Merson feels that the Red Devils are set to finish fourth for the second successive season behind Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal.

Merson told Sky Sports: “Manchester City are my tip to be champions. They look the best team at the moment, and they’ve bought quite well.

“Chelsea won’t be far away and Arsenal will finish the usual third or fourth.

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“I wouldn’t have gone for Man United at the start of the season, but I watched Liverpool disintegrate last week at home to West Ham and they didn’t look like scoring in a month of Sundays, so I’m going to go for United to finish in the top four.”

United will be hoping to return to winning ways when they host Liverpool at Old Trafford in their next Premier League game on 12 September after the international break.

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