Paul Merson: Why Man United remind me of Arsenal this season

Paul Merson says Manchester United remind him of the Arsenal side who won the title in 1989

Paul Merson says that the current Manchester United side remind him of the Arsenal team who won the title back in 1989.

The Red Devils have come in for criticism this term for their uninspiring performances, despite Louis van Gaal’s men only trailing Premier League leaders Manchester City by two points after 12 games.

United were 2-0 winners over West Bromwich Albion in the Premier League last weekend to leave them in fourth place in the top flight table.

Paul Scholes is among the former United stars to have criticised the Red Devils’ style of play this season after they were held to three successive goalless draws in recent weeks.

And although Merson admits that grinding out results while not performing particularly well can be a hallmark of champions, the former Arsenal star feels that United will have to step up their displays if they are to sustain a geunine title challenge.

Merson wrote in the Daily Star: “United remind me of the Arsenal team I played in that won the league in 1989. We made sure we didn’t lose. But the game’s moved on.

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“Chelsea were the last team to win it like that in Jose Mourinho’s first spell, but even they had outstanding goal-scorers like Didier Drogba and Frank Lampard.

“United have to find the balance because they don’t blow teams away any more and I still think they are well short of winning the league.”

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