Paul Merson states his prediction for Arsenal v Man United
The Arsenal legend is backing Arsenal and Manchester United to play out a thrilling 2-2 draw at The Emirates on Sunday
Paul Merson is backing Arsenal and Manchester United to play out a thrilling 2-2 draw at The Emirates on Sunday.
The Gunners will take on their bitter Premier League rivals for the third time this season after previous meetings in the Premier League and the FA Cup.
Arsenal were unfortunate not to beat Manchester United at Old Trafford in December as Jose Mourinho’s side managed to rescue a 2-2 draw thanks to sloppy play from the north London side at Old Trafford.
However, Manchester United interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer masterminded a 3-1 victory over Arsenal in the FA Cup fourth round at The Emirates in January.
The Red Devils will approach the Premier League clash with plenty of confidence following their Champions League heroics in the French capital on Wednesday night.
Manchester United managed to overturn a first-leg deficit to win 3-1 against Paris Saint-Germain and secure their place in the Champions League quarter-final draw.
Former Arsenal midfielder Merson is backing Arsenal and Manchester United to share the spoils in their Premier League clash.
“Wow, this is a big game. Again, both teams will be wanting to get into the top four, but they will also want a buffer for the other European places,” Merson told Sky Sports.
“I see nothing but goals in this football match – both teams turning up, having a go. Arsenal look like they are playing with a real bit of confidence, they were unlucky against Tottenham and probably should have won the game.”
Merson added: “And Man United – what a result against PSG. It was unreal – as simple as that. I thought they did well and there’s a saying that if you can stay in the game, you never know what can happen.
“I thought the manager was fortunate because he got it horribly, horribly wrong in the first 20 minutes with Eric Bailly playing at right-back. They’re very fortunate that they weren’t out of the tie before he made the substitutions. It was a phenomenal football result and with the players they had, who all turned up – bar Bailly, who had an absolute shocker.
“I can’t say it will decide fourth place with Chelsea there. It’s in Chelsea’s hands really but I think whoever lost the game would be in trouble so it’s a massive game. I think both teams will have a go at each other and there will be goals.”
Arsenal are in fifth spot in the Premier League table and a point behind Manchester United in the race to secure the final Champions League qualification spot.
The Gunners haven’t finished in the top four in the last two seasons.