Paul Merson predicts the winner of Chelsea v Man United

Paul Merson looks ahead to Chelsea clash with Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on Sunday afternoon

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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho Photo: The Sport Review

Paul Merson is backing Chelsea to beat Manchester United 1-0 in their clash in the Premier League at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

The Blues head into the game looking to return to winning ways after the disappointment of their 3-0 loss to Roma in the Champions League on Tuesday night.

Manchester United, meanwhile, have been in good form in recent weeks and beat Benfica 2-0 on Tuesday night to take a big step towards the knockout phase of the Champions League.

Jose Mourinho’s men were also 1-0 winners over Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford last weekend as they continue to keep pace with Manchester City at the top of the table.

Chelsea are currently in fourth place in the table and nine points behind the leaders, while Manchester United are second and five points off top spot.

The Blues won the same fixture 4-0 last season and former Arsenal star Merson is backing Antonio Conte’s men to do the same again.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Merson said: “I think there will be just one goal in this. [Jose] Mourinho set up at Liverpool to not to get beat.

“They beat all the lesser clubs, go to Liverpool, draw 0-0, you come away and go, ‘right, if we draw with all the big boys and beat all the lesser teams, which we will, we will have a chance of winning the league.’

“But then they fall behind the eight ball as a week later they lose to Huddersfield and that is it. Take the Huddersfield game away though and there is nothing wrong. They just beat Tottenham, and everybody is telling me they are going to win the Champions League.

“If I get the score right in the first Super Sunday game [Man City win], then they have to go to Chelsea and win, as a draw is no good for either team. A draw will be a waste of time.

“So it all depends on what happens in the first game, it really does, because the mindset has got to change. If City beat Arsenal, they go eight points clear and so a draw is no good to United, while Chelsea will be 12 points behind.

“So it all depends on that first game as if Arsenal go and do something we do not expect them to do and win that game, then it is a different game and then a draw suits both alright.

“But I am going to go 1-0 Chelsea as I just think United are going to go for it and Chelsea will just make a chance or two before the end of the game.”

Manchester United are aiming to win the title for the first time this season since their famous final triumph under Sir Alex Ferguson in 2013.

Chelsea won the title for the second time in three seasons last term.

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