Paul Merson reveals his prediction for Burnley v Man United

Paul Merson believes that Jose Mourinho’s side will come away as victors when they travel to Turf Moor on Sunday

Paul Merson
Arsenal legend Paul Merson Photo: Sky Sports

Paul Merson has back Manchester United to overcome Sean Dyche’s men despite only taking three points from their opening three games.

Sean Dyche’s Burnley were knocked out of the Europa League’s last qualifying round on Thursday night by Olympiakos, and their European exploits have seen them struggle in the league.

Merson believes Burnley will provide United problems but backs them to come away victorious if they reproduce some of the play they showed before collapsing against Tottenham on Monday.

He told Sky Sports: “Burnley’s form is all over the place. Manchester United will bounce back, I didn’t think played as badly on Monday night as a 3-0 defeat might suggest.

“At times they were good but to keep that up from the first 30 minutes was always going to be hard work when you’re not used to doing it.

“It’s not really the game either team want, Burnley will get the ball forward early and make it hard.

“It’s a tough game, but I expect Jose Mourinho to get it right.”

United have been plagued by off-field problems over recent months including Mourinho’s public spat with United’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward, many remarkable press conferences even by Mourinho’s standards and failing to secure vital transfer targets.

There is heavy speculation over Mourinho’s future at Old Trafford, and anything less than a victory against struggling Burnley will see the cloud darken ever-so slightly more.

Thankfully for Mourinho, Dyche’s men have struggled to strike a balance between their league form and their first, albeit short-lived, European foray in fifty years.

They have taken just a solitary point from their opening three-matches, after losses to Watford and Fulham in the previous two match days.

Merson said: “I worry for Burnley, I thought they’d be down there, and they haven’t really bought anyone and they’re not going to get some of the results they got last year.”

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