Paul Merson states prediction for Man United v West Ham

The Arsenal legend is tipping Manchester United to beat West Ham United on Sunday afternoon

Paul Merson is backing Manchester United to secure three points in a must-win game against West Ham United on Sunday afternoon.

The Red Devils were denied a vital Premier League victory last weekend after Arsenal substitute Olivier Giroud netted a late equaliser to cancel out Juan Mata’s opener and seal a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford.

Jose Mourinho’s side have only managed to notch up one win in their last five Premier League games to leave the 20-time English champions a staggering nine points behind leaders Chelsea.

West Ham are struggling to find consistent form in the Premier League and squandered the lead twice to lose 3-2 to Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane last weekend.

Former Arsenal midfielder Merson is backing Manchester United to edge to a 2-1 win against West Ham in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon.

“Well, Manchester United have to win this and I thought they played well last week against Arsenal – in fact, they should have won,” Merson told Sky Sports.

“West Ham were 2-1 up with a minute to go against Tottenham, but still managed to go and get beaten 3-2. Along with where they are in the league, I’m going for United to win.”

The Red Devils appointed Mourinho as Louis van Gaal’s replacement in May after Manchester United finished in fifth place.

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Mourinho’s side are five points behind fourth-placed Arsenal.

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