Paul Merson: Why Man United won’t beat Watford on Saturday

Paul Merson is backing Watford to hold Manchester United to a 1-1 draw in the Premier League on Saturday

Paul Merson is tipping Watford to hold Manchester United to a 1-1 draw in their Premier League clash on Saturday lunchtime.

The Red Devils take on the hornets looking to build on their 2-0 win over West Bromwich Albion before the international break and keep pace with leaders Manchester City, who they currently trail by two points.

United are the favourites to the claim the three points against the newly-promoted side – but former Arsenal star Merson feels that Watford are capable of holding Louis van Gaal’s men to a draw.

Merson told Sky Sports: “I think this is a tough game for Man United. Every game after an international break is tough for teams like them, as virtually every player is an international.

“Watford are very hard to beat and play a certain way at home, which you could see when they beat West Ham. I just don’t think Man United are free-flowing, and Watford could frustrate them, so I’m going to go 1-1.

“United have the best defensive record in the top seven but have scored the least. They play that way, where they make sure they don’t get beat first and foremost, and then go on from there.

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“It’s easy to set up defensively, but it’s harder to get that balance of setting up defensively and scoring goals freely. That’s what everybody chases.”

Watford head into Saturday’s clash in 11th place in the Premier League table after having taken 16 points from their opening 12 games. They have won four and drawn two of their last 10 top-flight encounters.

The Red Devils, meanwhile, are fourth on 24 points and have won five of their last 10 games, drawing three and losing two. Their last defeat was the 3-0 loss to Arsenal back in October.

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