Former Arsenal forward Paul Merson has tipped Manchester United to struggle against Tottenham Hotspur in Wednesday night’s Premier League clash at Wembley.
United will enter the match having won their last five in all competitions without conceding a single goal, whilst Tottenham were held to a 1-1 draw by Newport County in the fourth round of the FA Cup at the weekend.
Jose Mourinho’s side are also currently three positions and eight points ahead of fifth-placed Tottenham in the Premier League table.
Alexis Sanchez is set to make his debut for a United team that will be bidding to consolidate second spot in the table ahead of Chelsea and Liverpool.
Merson, however, has claimed that United will find it ‘difficult’ at Wembley, and the pundit has backed Tottenham to record a 2-1 win in front of their own supporters.
Merson told Sky Sports:
“I watched United at Burnley and they were very efficient. They weren’t really playing free-flowing attacking football and they struggled to break Burnley down.
“This will be a difficult game for them because I just can’t see how they will outscore Spurs. Jose Mourinho will go to Wembley and set his side up not to get beat.
“With Alexis Sanchez on board that little bit of extra quality gives them a big chance but if Tottenham can get their full strength side out they’ll be very difficult to stop.”
Tottenham will enter the match off the back of a six-game unbeaten run in the Premier League, with their last defeat occurring away to Manchester City on December 16.
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