Paul Merson states prediction for Man United v Burnley

The former Arsenal midfielder is backing Manchester United to rack up a routine win against Burnley

Paul Merson is confident Manchester United will ease to a routine win over Burnley in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon.

The Red Devils ended a winless run on Wednesday night with a 1-0 victory over Manchester City courtesy of Juan Mata’s second-half winner in the fourth round of the League Cup.

United have failed to win their last three Premier League games to leave Jose Mourinho’s side in seventh place in the table and six points behind leaders Manchester City.

The 20-time English champions played out stalemates with Stoke City and Liverpool either side of the international break before a humiliating 4-0 loss to title rivals Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

Former Arsenal midfielder Merson doesn’t envisage any problems for Mourinho’s side against Burnley at Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon.

“Zlatan Ibrahimovic was a world-class striker but he’s not anymore. He is 35 and playing in the hardest league in the world so as the season goes on, I can’t see him getting better,” Merson told Sky Sports.

“Jose Mourinho will obviously stick with him despite his recent struggles and he should get a few opportunities against Burnley, who haven’t looked up to scratch away from Turf Moor.

“It looks like a routine home win to follow up Wednesday’s big result over rivals Manchester City.”

United have already lost to Manchester City, Watford and Chelsea in the Premier League this season.

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The Red Devils will make the trip to Turkey to face Fenerbahce in their next Europa League game on Thursday.

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