Paul Merson states his prediction for Man Utd v Crystal Palace

The Arsenal legend is backing Manchester United to ease to victory over Crystal Palace on Saturday

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
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Paul Merson is tipping Manchester United to ease to a “very comfortable” victory over Crystal Palace at Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon.

The Red Devils could do with a relatively straightforward assignment in the Premier League to rebuild confidence following their derby disappointment earlier this month.

Manchester United signed off for the international break with a comprehensive 3-1 loss to defending Premier League champions Manchester City at The Etihad to end a four-game unbeaten run.

The 20-time English champions will have the opportunity to make a swift return to winning ways when Manchester United host Crystal Palace at Old Trafford.

The Eagles have lost four of their last five Premier League outings, while the London side suffered defeats by their local rivals Chelsea FC and Tottenham Hotspur in their last two games before the international break.

Manchester United have won their last six games against Crystal Palace, while the Eagles have lost on their last 11 visits to Old Trafford to make the Red Devils firm favourites.

Former Arsenal midfielder Merson believes Manchester United will ease to a straightforward victory over Crystal Palace on Saturday afternoon.

“A very comfortable win for United,” Merson told Sky Sports.

“There are worse Premier League teams than Palace, but it is quite worrying for them. They are solid at the back, but cannot score or get things going.

“So this is the perfect game for United – Wilfried Zaha has gone off the boil a little bit, he is trying to do everything himself like the school captain and is not running with the ball so much, instead trying to hold the ball up and win fouls.

“So I think he needs to get back to what we were all talking about at the start of the season – about how great he is.”

Manchester United are in eighth place and 12 points adrift of runaway leaders Manchester City to end talk of the Old Trafford outfit challenging for the title this term.

The Red Devils are even facing a battle to secure a spot in the top four given that fourth-placed Tottenham have a seven-point advantage over Manchester United.

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