Paul Merson states his prediction for Man United v Brighton

The Arsenal legend is backing Manchester United to beat Brighton 3-1 at Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon

Paul Merson
Paul Merson (Photo: Sky Sports / Screen grab)

Paul Merson is backing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to record his seventh successive victory as Manchester United interim manager when Brighton make the trip to Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon.

The Red Devils haven’t dropped any points since their former striker took over the reins of the club from Jose Mourinho in mid-December.

Solskjaer passed his first real test as Manchester United boss after the Red Devils were 1-0 winners against third-placed Tottenham Hotspur last weekend.

Marcus Rashford continued his excellent form under the Champions League winner with a 44th-minute goal at Wembley to boost their top-four prospects.

Manchester United have a chance to make up more ground in the top-four race this weekend given the Red Devils host Brighton hours before Chelsea FC make the trip to Arsenal.

Solskjaer’s side could conceivably finish the weekend just three points adrift of fourth-placed Chelsea FC, despite the Norwegian taking over the club 11 points adrift of the Champions League positions.

Former Arsenal midfielder Merson is backing Manchester United to secure three points against Brighton to maintain their 100 per cent start under Solskjaer.

“I expect Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to make it seven wins on the spin. They have got the winning bug at the moment. I think they’ll concede but Brighton don’t carry enough of a threat to outscore them with the likes of Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial in such great form,” Merson told Sky Sports.

“Defensively they are not good enough though. I dread to think what the score will be against PSG. They need defenders, if it weren’t for bad finishing by Tottenham then it could have been any score. But this should be a routine win.”

Manchester United lost 3-1 to Brighton at the Amex Stadium back in August to set the tone for a difficult opening half of the season under Mourinho.

The Red Devils have only managed to finish in the top four twice since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement.

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