Paul Merson reveals his prediction for Chelsea FC v Man United
Paul Merson looks ahead to Chelsea FC's FA Cup clash with Manchester United on Monday night in the sixth round
Paul Merson is backing Chelsea FC to claim a 2-1 win over Manchester United in the fifth round of the FA Cup at Stamford Bridge on Monday night.
The Blues head into the game after having returned to winning ways with a 2-1 win over Malmo in the Europa League last 32 on Thursday night.
That European victory came after their 6-0 thrashing at the hands of Manchester City at The Etihad last weekend, a result which heaped pressure on Blues boss Maurizio Sarri.
Both Chelsea FC and Manchester United are scrapping for a top-four finish in the Premier League, so the FA Cup takes on added significance this season as one of the two sides’ few remaining chances of winning a major trophy.
Manchester United, meanwhile, are aiming to get back to winning ways after the disappointment of their 2-0 loss to Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League last week.
And former Arsenal star Merson is backing Chelsea FC to make home advantage count and claim the victory and a place in the sixth round on Monday night.
Writing in his column for Sky Sports, Merson said: “United were brought back down to earth by Paris Saint-Germain the other day. It’s a hard game. Its one of those where I think Chelsea will win this. I think that Champions League loss will knock Man United sideways.
“They will miss Jesse Lingard, he’s a bit of an unsung hero for them. When he went off against PSG that was it then. The players that are coming in like Alexis Sanchez have flopped.
“It’s a massive game for both of them. Man United are now are under pressure after their first-leg loss to PSG in the Champions League.
“Their season could go up in flames in a week because if they get beat here they are out of the FA Cup and are facing an uphill task to stay in the Champions League.
“This period for me is when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is going to get the job or not.”
Chelsea FC are currently in sixth place in the Premier League table as they chase Champions League qualification this season.