Paul Merson states his prediction for Man United v Newcastle

The Arsenal legend believes Manchester United will beat Newcastle United this weekend

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho Photo: Uefa handout

Paul Merson is backing Manchester United to end their winless run with a 2-0 win against Newcastle United at Old Trafford on Saturday.

The Red Devils have made an underwhelming start to the Premier League season to raise questions about Jose Mourinho’s future at Old Trafford.

Manchester United haven’t won a domestic game since the Red Devils eased to a 2-1 win over Watford at Vicarage Road on Saturday 15 September.

Mourinho’s side have drawn 1-1 with promoted side Wolverhampton Wanderers and the Red Devils lost 3-1 to West Ham United at the London Stadium last weekend.

The 20-time English champions exited the Carabao Cup following a shock loss to Championship side Derby County after Frank Lampard’s men won 8-7 on penalties.

Manchester United were plunged into a deeper crisis after the Red Devils produced a tepid performance in a goalless draw with La Liga side Valencia in the Champions League on Tuesday night.

Mourinho’s future at the club has been a source of speculation amid growing reports linking former Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane with the Old Trafford position.

The only positive for Mourinho and his players is that they will face a Premier League in even worse form than Manchester United at home this weekend.

Former Arsenal playmaker Merson is confident Manchester United will record a vital win against Newcastle United at Old Trafford on Sunday.

“I watched Newcastle the other day against Leicester and I couldn’t believe what I was watching,” Merson told Sky Sports.

“I’ve played at St James’ park plenty of times and it was a hard place to play football. The players were up for it, the crowd were up for it and it was a hard game.

“They had just one shot on target from 65 yards from Jonjo Shelvey. If Manchester United could hand pick any team to play this weekend it would be Newcastle. Forget Cardiff or Huddersfield it would be Newcastle because they can’t score a goal. they don’t even look like scoring a goal.

“On the flip side, if United don’t win this game there’ll be major trouble at Old Trafford. Newcastle will go there for a 0-0 but United will eventually break them down.”

Rafael Benitez’s side are still without a win in the Premier League this season following drawn two games and lost six times in their opening seven fixtures.

Manchester United eased to a 4-1 win over the Magpies in this fixture last season before Newcastle were surprise 1-0 winners in the return game at St James’ Park.

Marcus Rashford was one of the few Manchester United players to emerge with any credit from Wednesday night’s stalemate with Spanish outfit Valencia in the Champions League mid-week.

His English colleague Luke Shaw provided a threat down the left wing to support Rashford but the duo couldn’t combine to make a breakthrough against the La Liga side.

Manchester United’s January signing Alexis Sanchez has struggled badly since his move to the Red Devils from Arsenal in the January transfer window.

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