The Barclays Premier League returns to our screens this weekend following the two-week international break and Arsenal legend Paul Merson has revealed his prediction for Saturday evening’s huge clash between Manchester United and Liverpool.
Louis van Gaal’s side welcome their bitter rivals to Old Trafford in the hope of bouncing back from their disappointing 2-1 defeat at the hands of Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium last time out.
United are yet to hit top form this season, but were 3-0 winners in the corresponding fixture last year thanks to goals from Wayne Rooney, Juan Mata and Robin van Persie.
Meanwhile the Reds are also looking to put a humiliating 3-0 home loss against West Ham United two weeks ago behind them and can move three points clear of United in the table with a second victory in three seasons at the ‘Theatre of Dreams’.
With both teams starting the season in similar fashion, Merson has predicted nothing will seperate the two clubs come the final whistle:
“There isn’t much between these two teams. Both suffered defeats before the international break, with United losing at Swansea and Liverpool getting slaughtered at home to West Ham,” the ex-Gunners star told Sky Sports.
“This is a big game for both managers, Brendan Rodgers can’t afford to lose it whereas Louis van Gaal has to win.”
“I think it will be another entertaining Desmond. Both teams will have a go, Liverpool will cause problems and they will be better away from home. After their result at home to West Ham, though, people will think I’ve gone mad tipping Liverpool to score two.”
“But this is a big football match, I know it is, the fans know it is. Just how big it turns out to be we will find out,” Merson added.
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