Paul Merson states his bold prediction for Bournemouth v Man United
Paul Merson is fully expecting Manchester United to beat Bournemouth on Sunday afternoon
Paul Merson is tipping Manchester United to kick off their Premier League campaign with an impressive 3-0 win over Bournemouth on Sunday afternoon.
The Red Devils are currently gearing up for their first season under new manager Jose Mourinho after his appointment as Louis van Gaal’s successor back in May.
United have already secured their first piece of silverware under the Portuguese coach after he led them to Community Shield glory over Leicester City last weekend.
Now, the Red Devils will be aiming to get their season off to a positive start against Eddie Howe’s side as they look to step up their performances following their fifth-placed finish last season.
And former Arsenal midfielder Merson is confidently tipping Mourinho’s men to ease to a straightforward victory over the Cherries on Sunday afternoon.
Writing in his column for Sky Sports, Merson said: “I worry for Bournemouth this season. They are a good footballing team but opponents got used to facing them, they didn’t finish the last campaign well, and they have lost Matt Ritchie too.
“I think Manchester United will win this game quite comfortably. Zlatan Ibrahimovic is such a presence, he’s full of confidence, and I just don’t see how Bournemouth will cope.”
Manchester United – who have not won the title since 2013 – finished fifth and won the FA Cup before opting to sack Van Gaal back in May.