Paul Merson predicts Liverpool v Manchester United, expects two-goal win margin

Paul Merson expects Liverpool to beat Manchester United.

Former Arsenal midfielder Paul Merson has told SkySports he expects Liverpool to beat rivals Manchester United this weekend.

The pundit picks out Manchester United's defence as a real weak point to their armoury, claiming Liverpool's attack has too much pace for them to cope with.

United head into the game three points clear of Liverpool, who have been closing the gap on the Red Devils over the past few months. The game at Anfield gives them a chance to draw level on points - or for United to re-extend their advantage as the race for the Champions League places intensifies.

Merson predicted a 3-1 win for Liverpool, commenting: "If United can get into the final third often enough and get the ball to Ashley Young, then Marouane Fellaini becomes a big threat. However, if they have to start their attacks in their own half and play it forward from there to the Belgian, then I think Liverpool will be able to cope with that OK.

"While United were very good in that match against Tottenham last weekend, I still feel Liverpool will win this game as they will have too much pace and movement up front for the visitors, and I do not see how their back four will be able to cope with the home team’s attacking players."

What does the form say?

Liverpool and United entered the weekend as two of the three most in-form teams in the league over the past 10 games, along with Arsenal.

Over this period Liverpool have conceded just five goals, but United's defence - pointed out as a weak point by Merson - have let in just seven.

Both teams have scored exactly the same amount of goals themselves, 17.

Liverpool have won five home games in a row and are unbeaten in their last 13. United have won only four away games this season from a possible 14, but lost just three, drawing seven.

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