Paul Merson states his prediction for Cardiff v Man United

The Arsenal legend is backing Manchester United to ease to victory over Cardiff City in Wales on Saturday afternoon

Arsenal legend Paul Merson Photo: Screen grab

Paul Merson is tipping Manchester United to produce an energetic performance in a 3-0 win against Cardiff City in the Premier League on Saturday evening.

The Red Devils sacked Jose Mourinho earlier this week after Manchester United suffered a 3-1 loss to Liverpool FC in the Premier League on Sunday evening.

The 20-time English champions are in sixth place in the Premier League table and 11 points adrift of fourth-placed Chelsea FC.

Manchester United are already 19 points behind leaders Liverpool FC, despite the Red Devils finishing in second place in the Premier League table last term.

The Old Trafford outfit turned to their former Norwegian striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to take over the reins of the club on an interim basis earlier this week.

Solskjaer’s first game in charge will see Manchester United take on his former employers Cardiff City in Wales on Saturday afternoon in pursuit of his first win.

Former Arsenal midfielder Merson is backing Manchester United to ease to a resounding 3-0 victory over Cardiff City in the Premier League on Saturday evening.

“Watch. Just watch. United will be running around, flying into tackles, getting people in the box, playing at a tempo. It’s been embarrassing, really,” Merson told Sky Sports.

“It’s not that the shackles are off… the players have got what they wanted. Simple as that.

“They played in their biggest game of the season last weekend and were steamrollered. It was embarrassing. Liverpool won’t have 36 shots against Huddersfield and Cardiff at home combined. It’s player power, simple as that.

“Neil Warnock will be pulling his hair out. He’d have wished Jose Mourinho was still manager. That sums it up; Warnock wishing one of the best managers of all time was still in charge of Manchester United the day before you play them. Now, he’ll be gutted. Absolutely gutted.”

Manchester United finished in second spot in the Premier League table last season to secure their best position since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement in 2013.

The Red Devils will take on Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League knockout stage.

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