Paul Merson reveals his prediction for Man United v Tottenham

Paul Merson looks ahead to Manchester United's home clash with Tottenham on Saturday afternoon

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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho Photo: UEFA / Handout

Paul Merson is tipping Tottenham to hold Manchester United to a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford in Saturday’s Premier League clash.

Manchester United head into the game looking to get back to winning ways in the top flight after the disappointment of their 2-1 loss to Huddersfield last weekend.

That result left Jose Mourinho’s men second and five points behind leaders Manchester City in the table, although they did return to winning ways on Tuesday with a 2-0 win at Swansea in the League Cup.

Tottenham, meanwhile, are aiming to continue their fine form in the Premier League, with Spurs having thrashed Liverpool 4-1 at Wembley last weekend.

Spurs are currently third and level on points with Manchester United in second place in the table.

Striker Harry Kane is an injury doubt for the visitors on Saturday and Merson feels that could have a significant impact on the result.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Merson said: “It’s no surprise but the West Ham defeat proved it, Tottenham are a different team without Harry Kane. They really need his hamstring to be OK this weekend.

“Spurs were lackadaisical and a little arrogant on Wednesday but if Kane plays on Saturday I don’t think they will lose the game.

“I watched Manchester United at Huddersfield and they were poor. That was after they went to Liverpool and just shut up shop – those results have left them behind the eight ball. They are five points behind Man City and have a difficult match coming up.

“United need to take the game to Tottenham and I’m not sure they can do that. Spurs would probably take a draw but their away record has been phenomenal recently.

“And if Mauricio Pochettino’s team really have aspirations of winning the title themselves, this is a fixture they need to win. The way Man City are playing at the moment, winning at United gives you every chance of challenging.”

Manchester United are aiming to challenge for the title this season after they finished in a disappointing sixth place in the table last term.

Mourinho is aiming to become the first manager to win the Premier League title at Old Trafford since Sir Alex Ferguson’s final campaign in charge in the 2012-13 season.

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