Paul Merson reveals his prediction for Man United v Everton
The Arsenal legend believes Manchester United will edge to a narrow 2-1 win over Everton on Sunday
Paul Merson is backing Manchester United to edge to a narrow 2-1 win over Everton at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon.
The Red Devils endured a tough mid-week fixture in the Champions League after a humbling 1-0 loss to Serie A giants Juventus in the group stage at Old Trafford.
Argentina international Paulo Dybala scored a first-half winner to punish the home side for a lifeless performance as Juve dominated the possession at Old Trafford.
Manchester United were 3-2 winners against Newcastle United before the international break to suggest the Red Devils had turned a corner in the Premier League.
However, the 20-time English champions squandered a 2-1 lead at Stamford Bridge last weekend after Anthony Martial’s double cancelled out Antonio Rudiger’s opener to concede an injury-time equaliser.
Indeed, Ross Barkley’s last-ditch goal rescued a point for Chelsea FC and denied Jose Mourinho’s men the chance to move to within two points of his former club.
Everton were 2-0 winners over Crystal Palace last weekend – but former Arsenal star Merson believes Manchester United will edge to narrow 2-1 win over Everton at Old Trafford in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon.
“United are all over the place at the moment, but I do see them winning this one. I think the shackles have got to come off at some point,” Merson told Sky Sports.
“Against Juventus, I sat down to watch it thinking ‘here we go – they will get into them, squeeze them up the pitch’ but they ended up playing like it was a testimonial game. You watch the other ‘top six’ teams and there’s a plan there. You can see a pattern to their play and how they have scored a goal. When United score, it’s like someone has fallen over the ball and it’s gone in. It’s just happened – you do not watch it and think ‘they’ve worked on that’. It’s all off the cuff with United.”
Merson added: “Everton will cause them problems, but surely United can edge it. It’s Manchester United.
“However, if they somehow make the top four then they would have pulled up trees this season.”
Manchester United have already lost to Brighton and Hove Albion, Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United in the Premier League this season to lose substantial ground on their title rivals.
The Red Devils have struggled at the back in the Premier League this season, conceding an uncharacteristic 16 goals in their first nine games.
Mourinho’s centre-halves Chris Smalling, Victor Lindelof, Eric Bailly and Phil Jones have all struggled to produce consistent performances.
However, Sweden international Lindelof showed signs of progress after the 2017 signing acquitted himself well in Manchester United’s 1-0 loss to Juventus in the Champions League at Old Trafford mid-week.
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