Paul Merson states his prediction for West Brom v Man United

Paul Merson looks ahead to Manchester United's clash with West Brom on Saturday afternoon

Paul Merson is tipping Manchester United to claim a 2-1 win over West Bromwich Albion in the Premier League on Saturday evening.

The Red Devils head into the game looking to make it three wins on the spin in the Premier League after their 2-1 victory over Crystal Palace in midweek.

Jose Mourinho’s men will be desperate to string together a positive series of results in the top flight after their stuttering start to the campaign under their new manager.

United head into this weekend’s round of fixtures six points behind fourth-placed Manchester City.

However, Arsenal legend Merson says he has seen enough to convince him that United will claim victory over the Baggies at The Hawthorns this weekend.

Writing in his column for Sky Sports, former Arsenal man Merson said: “Seven weeks ago, Manchester United would have looked at this and thought this isn’t bad. Beating Crystal Palace is a great result, regardless of how badly people think Palace are playing. To go and win there under the floodlights is a difficult task.

“West Brom are doing brilliantly. They should have got a point at Chelsea, but then Salomon Rondon goes and scores three headers and all is well again.

“United have turned a corner, though. Mourinho needs to tinker with the team a bit, bring a bit of pace in. This is a hard game, but [Paul] Pogba had his best game against Palace, [Zlatan] Ibrahimovic is on absolute fire, and [Michael] Carrick is still the best passer in the country.”

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Manchester United are aiming to break back into the top four this season after their disappointing fifth-placed finish last term under Louis van Gaal.

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