Sky Sports analyst tips Manchester United to collect a much-needed victory ahead of the international break.
Unencumbered by midweek European games, Manchester United could win decisively against Everton when the two teams meet at Old Trafford on Sunday, October 5 as it is the Toffees, instead, who must recover from a grueling away trip to the far reaches of the continent.
Everton took on Krasnodar in the Europa League on Thursday evening and left Russia with a slog of a point after Samuel Eto'o spared Roberto Martinez's blushes in the 82nd minute.
He said: "I watched Everton against West Brom the other week and I thought they’d turned the corner because they won well and they also had a good 4-0 win over Wolfsburg in Europe, but they haven’t really been the Everton we know this season.
"I think they’ll lose this because it’s an early kick-off and they were in Russia on Thursday night. They put a decent team out (which I understand because winning the Europa League is the best way for them to get into the Champions League) and it’s a lot of travelling, so I’ve got to go for Man United."
Merson tips United - who have not competed since their 2-1 edging of West Ham United last week - to triumph by a 3-0 score.