Tuesday, November 29, 2022

‘I don’t see Manchester United winning,’ Paul Merson makes Everton v Man United prediction

‘I don’t see Manchester United winning,’ Paul Merson makes Everton v Man United prediction

Everton are expected to draw 1-1 at home against Manchester United in the Premier League on Sunday evening, according to Paul Merson.

After a slow start to the season, Everton have won their last two Premier League games against Southampton and West Ham, moving them up to 11th place in the table heading into the weekend.

Manchester United, meanwhile, were left licking their wounds following a 6-3 defeat by Manchester City in the derby at The Etihad, before rebounding with a 3-2 win over Omonia Nicosia in the Europa League on Thursday night.

The two teams last met in the Premier League in April at Goodison Park, where Everton won 1-0 thanks to Anthony Gordon’s first-half goal.

Former Arsenal midfielder Merson believes Manchester United will struggle to beat Everton on Sunday and believes the visitors will be difficult to break down.

Writing in his column for Sportskeeda, Merson said: “Everton have done really well in recent weeks and I’ve been impressed with what Frank Lampard has done at the club so far. He’s getting the absolute best out of the players at his disposal, which is what the fans want to see.

“I don’t see Manchester United winning this game, as Everton are notoriously hard to break down and tend to frustrate teams like they did so against Liverpool.”

Merson continued: “Will Cristiano Ronaldo play against Everton? My feeling is that if he starts against Omonia Nicosia in Cyprus (Ronaldo played the full 90 minutes of the Europa League game), there’s no way Erik ten Hag names him in the starting XI for a Premier League game on Sunday evening.

“There’s been a lot of talk about Ronaldo’s situation in recent weeks but I’m not really sure what the future holds for him.

“Ten Hag said he didn’t want to disrespect what he’s achieved in his career so far by bringing him on when Manchester United had virtually lost the game against Manchester City, but I think it’s disrespectful in the first place to not be playing someone of Ronaldo’s stature regularly!”

‘I don’t see Manchester United winning,’ Paul Merson makes Everton v Man United prediction

3,563FansLike
738FollowersFollow

MOST READ