Paul Merson on who will win between Man Utd and Tottenham

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Dom Le Roy

Sky Sports football pundit Paul Merson has had his say on who he thinks will the match between Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur.

Both sides meet at Old Trafford on Monday evening with Tottenham looking to maintain their unbeaten start to the new campaign, while United are looking to avenge their embarrassing defeat to Brighton.

We all know that our record at United in the Premier League era hasn’t been great, especially with some dodgy refereeing decisions. Who could forget the goal that never was when Pedro Mendes ‘scored’ from the halfway line?

This game represents our first game test of the season. A win away from home against Mourinho’s United would be a huge confidence boost for our side.

However, Merson believes that Tottenham will come away from the game empty-handed.

He told Sky Sports: “Huge match.

“Over the last three or four years, you see Manchester United turn it on in these type of games, when the pressure is on. They’ve done it to Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool, Tottenham, everyone.

“I don’t know how they do it. I’ve seen this so many times.

“Jose Mourinho will tell them to go out and prove they’re good enough to play for the biggest club in the world. Because that’s what they are, in my opinion.

“Prediction: 2-1.”

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  1. Keown said 2-2. Merson and Lawrenson said Man Utd win. Spurs are in the better form, but history says we don’t play well, or they stop us scoring, nick a goal and we can’t get back in it. It would be a big statement to start well and turn them over. They are not playing well are they, so it is up to us to perform.

  2. Can’t see it happening at Old Trafford despite their poor form. Think Matic and Valencia returning will be a huge boost for them too.

  3. Lawrenson will always chose another big club over Spurs. He’s been doing that consistently, despite the evidence in front of him over the past 3 to 4 years. Awful smug punter with ridiculous hairstyle and lousy attempts at humour. Should have withdrawn from the pundit table with some sort of dignity still intact, as Hanson did, by now. Anyway, Spurs need to reproduce the sort of form that beat Chelsea at the Bridge last season ..a result that all but ruined their top 4 chances, and sealed ours. Despite United not playing well at present, they do have that big game resilience, however, and that is something we need to also have consistently at Spurs, as lapses of it cost us hugely in some vital games last season (eg the worst being Juventus and Man United in CL and FA Cup games at Wembley). No point just looking the best team with all the stats in our favour, if the main stat of the goal count is against us.


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