Paul Merson gives his prediction for Everton v Man United
Arsenal legend Paul Merson is tipping Manchester United to drop more points in the top-four race at Everton on Sunday afternoon
Paul Merson is backing Everton to hold Manchester United to a 1-1 draw at Goodison Park on Sunday.
The Red Devils could well suffer from a Champions League hangover following a 3-0 loss to Spanish giants FC Barcelona in the second leg of their quarter-final tie on Tuesday night.
Manchester United were comfortably beaten to crash out of the competition at the last eight stage and extend their absence from the Champions League semi-finals since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement.
The 20-time English champions have now lost five of their last seven games in all competitions to suggest Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s honeymoon period at Old Trafford is over.
Manchester United are in sixth place in the Premier League table and two points adrift of Arsenal, who occupy the final Champions League qualifying spot.
Solskjaer’s men can momentarily move into fourth position on Sunday if they beat Everton ahead of Arsenal and Chelsea FC’s respective games.
However, former Arsenal midfielder Merson doesn’t expect Manchester United to beat Everton at Goodison Park on Sunday afternoon.
“Could you get anymore different with Everton?” Merson told Sky Sports.
“One minute they are ripping apart Arsenal and beating West Ham away, then all of a sudden, against a Fulham side that have not scored two goals in a game since day one, and they cannot keep a clean sheet against them. It is a bad attitude there – you cannot look at the manager, you have to look at the players.
“Man United are a million miles off. They need to win the game or they are out of the Champions League, but I don’t think they will get it – they are well short at the moment.
“Some of their results have been very fortunate. For me, the unbeaten run was covering over the cracks.”
Manchester United have only managed to secure a top-four finish twice in five seasons since Ferguson stood down as manager in 2013.
The Red Devils have lost six times on the road in the Premier League this season ahead of their clash at Everton.