Merson predicts Manchester United's defeat and Arsenal's huge win as Premier League returns

FOOTBALL Merson predicts Manchester United's defeat and Arsenal's huge win as Premier League returns

Kiplagat Sang • 19:36 - 30.03.2023

The retired footballer tips Newcastle United to beat the Red Devils and Arsenal to beat Leeds United.

Former Arsenal forward Paul Merson has predicted that Manchester United will lose and Arsenal will win as the Premier League returns this weekend.

After the international break, United will face Newcastle United, and Merson tips the Magpies for a slim win against their top-four rivals.

"Manchester United aren't playing well at the moment, and they're very reliant on Marcus Rashford and his goals," said Merson.

"Someone else has got to chip in now. They've had some results, but they aren't ripping it up. Newcastle are playing at home, and a draw isn't good enough for them. I'm going to go with Newcastle to win this game."

Liverpool will be back in action against Manchester City, and Merson states that this is a game that the Citizens cannot afford to lose.

Should the reigning champions get beaten and Arsenal win, they will slip to 11 points behind the Gunners.

"Liverpool have been a bit like a bag of rebels, and Jurgen Klopp doesn't know what he's going to get from his team," he added.

"One minute they're beating United and City, and the next, they're losing to Bournemouth away from home.

"If Liverpool lose to City and then beat Arsenal next week, they'll have blown the title race wide open. Liverpool need to win both of these games to get into the top four, and that would be a good result for them."

The former Aston Villa and Portsmouth star tipped Arsenal for an easy win over Leeds United.

"Arsenal are at the top of the league because everyone has been excellent," he concluded.

"When one player doesn't have a good game, another player steps up. They've been brilliant as a team and should be able to win this game."