Arsenal legend: Giggs has United playing like Harlem Globetrotters!

Paul Merson has compared Manchester United's performance last week to the iconic exhibition basketball team from New York.

Former Arsenal midfielder Paul Merson believes that Manchester United, a team who continually frustrated their fanbase due to underwhelming performances and poor results under the stewardship of David Moyes, have been rejuvenated by interim player-manager Ryan Giggs.

Harlem Globetrotters are an exhibition side consisting of skilful dribblers whose primary objective is to entertain fans rather than to practice defensive and offensive systems designed to win NBA matches and so the Globetrotters would be overwhelmed if pitted against, say Miami Heat.

So, is Merson indirectly claiming United cannot cut it at the top of the Premier League due to likening them to an outfit who are, effectively, the WWE of basketball?

Most likely not.

The cause of Merson's analogy was likely due to the fact that, in their first game with Giggs in command of the dugout, United returned a 4-0 win with braces from Wayne Rooney and Juan Mata, providing some overdue entertainment and optimism for the Old Trafford audience.

"I knew Man United would turn into the Harlem Globetrotters against Norwich," commented Merson in his recent Sky Sports prediction for the club's upcoming match against Sunderland, again at home, on Saturday.

Merson did warn, though, that any "euphoria" over the temporary installment of Giggs as boss may well begin to fade as "it looks like Louis van Gaal is getting the job".

The Englishman does tip United to continue their hot form at the Black Cats' expense, expecting them to triumph with a 2-0 score.

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