Paul Merson states his prediction for West Ham v Man United
The Arsenal legend is tipping Manchester United to return to winning ways against West Ham on Thursday night
Paul Merson is backing Manchester United to edge to a slender win against West Ham United in the Premier League on Thursday night.
The Red Devils suffered a surprise 1-0 loss to Brighton and Hove Albion at the Amex Stadium on Friday night ahead of the FA Cup final.
Manchester United have secured a second-placed finish this season but Jose Mourinho’s side are 17 points adrift of Premier League champions Manchester City.
The Red Devils will be looking to build some momentum in the final week of the Premier League campaign ahead of their clash against Chelsea FC in the FA Cup final.
Manchester United haven’t won the Premier League title since 2013 when Sir Alex Ferguson led the Gunners to their 13th and final top-flight crown.
Arsenal legend Merson is backing Manchester United to edge to a win over their former manager David Moyes and his West Ham side.
“No game is a dead rubber when you play for Man United, everyone wants to beat them. And United need to start getting going as it is a bit worrying for them,” Merson told Sky Sports.
“You look at their squad and think it is big, and then they make a lorry load of changes and never look like beating Brighton. So I think this is a big football match for them and you are looking at players here and you start questing are they good enough to play for United?
“And what Jose Mourinho said after the Brighton game was spot on – people thought it was a bit harsh, but I did not think so. These lads were given a chance, but they looked like they were thinking, ‘We are only playing because he has made changes for next week, when we won’t be playing (the FA Cup final).’
“And you can’t go out with that attitude. West Ham have gone great, but I have to go for a response here and I would be shocked if there was not one, so I am going to go 2-1 United. They cannot go into the Cup final playing like this – you can’t just turn it on and off like a tap.”
Manchester United suffered a 2-1 loss to La Liga giants Sevilla in the Champions League round of 16 back in March to prompt criticism of the Red Devils’ style of play.
The Red Devils won the EFL Cup and the Europa League in Mourinho’s first season in charge at Old Trafford.