Man Utd news: Sky Sports man Paul Merson makes Chelsea vs Manchester United prediction

Man Utd news: Sky Sports man Paul Merson makes Chelsea vs Manchester United prediction

That’s according to Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson, who still expects Jose Mourinho’s side to come off worst from the Stamford Bridge encounter.

United and Chelsea sit second and fourth in the Premier League respectively going into this weekend’s showdown.

And they’ll both be hoping three points is on the horizon as they look to close the gap on Pep Guardiola’s table-topping Manchester City.

Merson believes Mourinho will abandon the defensive tactics that he’s adopted with United in recent weeks.

He reckons Antonio Conte’s men will run out 1-0 winners though in a game he says could be influenced by Arsenal’s clash against City earlier in the day.

Merson told Sky Sports: “I think there will be just one goal in this. 

“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 [3-2 to City], 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.”

United can move within two points of City providing they beat Chelsea and Guardiola’s team lose to Arsenal.

Published at Thu, 02 Nov 2017 21:11:45 +0000

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