Paul Merson makes prediction for ‘lucky’ Manchester United against Everton – Manchester Evening News

Paul Merson is backing Manchester United to edge past Everton on Saturday in the Premier League.

The Reds earned a dramatic late win against Villarreal in the Champions League in midweek, with Cristiano Ronaldo netting deep into injury time to earn a 2-1 success.

United were somewhat fortunate on the night, as they relied on a rejuvenated David De Gea to make a number of critical first-half saves to prevent the La Liga side from running away with the contest.

Attention will now turn to the Premier League for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer‘s side and with United playing in the early kick-off on Saturday they have the chance to go top of the league with a win over the Toffees, temporarily at least.

Manchester City and Liverpool also face each other this weekend, meaning United have a chance to capitalise on a rival dropping points.

In Everton, who have started the season well under Rafael Benitez and sit in fifth, United may come up against obdurate opposition. But in his predictions column for Metro, Merson said he thinks the home side will have enough.

“How lucky do Manchester United want to get?,” he said. “Villarreal gave them a proper footballing lesson in the UEFA Champions League last night, but they hung on for their lives, scored late on and won the game.

“Sooner or later, the way they play has to change and I believe this could be the game where they finally click. It can’t be so bad all the time, so I expect Manchester United to win this Premier League encounter 2-1.

“They were unfortunate not to score the penalty against Aston Villa and were well beaten against Villarreal despite getting a result, so it’s kind of hard to predict their results. Everton have done a great job so far this season, but they have their fair share of injury concerns.

“With a full-strength starting XI, they could have caused Manchester United problems, but I don’t think that will be the case at Old Trafford this week.”

Everton are set to be without their best two forwards in Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison. Skipper Seamus Coleman also looks poised to miss the game through injury.

United will also be without their captain Harry Maguire, while Luke Shaw is a doubt after missing Wednesday’s clash.

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