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'No chance': Paul Merson is right with Manchester United vs Liverpool prediction

Paul Merson is right with his Manchester United vs Liverpool prediction. The game won’t be as straightforward as it first seems.

Liverpool head to Old Trafford on Sunday as favourites – we don’t think there’s too much doubt about that. The Reds are enjoying a good season so far as the only undefeated Premier League side.

They tore Watford to pieces last weekend and followed it up with a win at Atletico Madrid. It doesn’t get too much better than that in October.

Manchester United, in contrast, lost 4-2 against Leicester City last weekend. They’ve only won two of their last six on top of that.

Free-scoring Liverpool will more than fancy their chances against their old rivals, then. But despite their respective form, it likely won’t be as easy as it looks.

Merson makes United v Liverpool prediction

Paul Merson recently gave his prediction for this one to Sky Sports. We think he got it about right.

“You look at Manchester United versus Liverpool and, on current form, you fear for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side,” said Merson. “But this is why we love the Premier League because you just know it’s not going to be like that.

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“There’s absolutely no chance Liverpool will wipe the floor with Manchester United at Old Trafford, there will be a game because this is the game.”

It’s how we see it, too. This one won’t be as simple as it looks, if only because of the magnitude of the game.

United, after all, go into this one without any expectations on them to play an open game. They can comfortably sit back and play almost the entire 90 minutes on the counter-attack.

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That suits a side that lines up with three forwards and a playmaker. They can sit nice and deep, frustrate Liverpool and hope to steal a goal or two on the break. They can’t typically play that way as weaker sides don’t always play for the win.

We say this with some confidence as we can’t really remember the last time Liverpool played United and the game was in any way expansive. Solskjaer’s side pretty much always aim to frustrate Klopp’s, rather than take the game to them.

Thus it’s hard to believe that Liverpool can win this one in routine fashion. Perhaps an early goal or two changes that but as of right now, it’ll likely be a tight affair.

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