Paul Merson states his prediction for Man United v West Ham

Paul Merson is tipping Manchester United to kick off their new Premier League season with a 2-0 win over West Ham

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Paul Merson is tipping Manchester United to kick off their new Premier League campaign with a 2-0 victory over West Ham United at Old Trafford.

The Red Devils will be aiming to improve their domestic form this season after the disappointment of their sixth-placed finish in the top flight last term.

Manchester United struggled to produce consistent form in the Premier League in Jose Mourinho’s first campaign in charge at the club, but the Red Devils made up for it by winning the EFL Cup and Europa League last term.

The Red Devils are preparing to host the Hammers at Old Trafford as they bid to try and get their new season off to a positive start.

And former Arsenal star Merson is not expecting Manchester United to have any trouble against the east London side on Sunday afternoon.

Writing in his column for Sky Sports, Merson said: “What’s certain is that you can put Romelu Lukaku down for a goal, so United are a goal to the good already!

“But despite the new-found goal threat I don’t see United winning the league, they haven’t got enough guile in midfield to pick through teams who will put 10 men behind the ball.

“Jose Mourinho has built a team to be big and strong, a team that will blow others away. I see that being successful against West Ham, over a 38-game season though, I’m not so sure.”

Manchester United have signed three players so far this summer after having landed deals for Victor Lindelof, Romelu Lukaku and Nemanja Matic.

The Red Devils are still thought to be on the hunt for more signings before the summer transfer window closes at the end of the month, with Manchester United preparing for a return to the Champions League this season.

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