Paul Merson predicts a bad result for Manchester United this weekend

Paul Merson believes Manchester United will fail to win at Watford.

Paul Merson believes Manchester United will lose further ground on the league leaders this weekend by dropping points away to Watford.

The Red Devils are currently in fourth place in the Premier League, beating West Bromwich Albion 2-0 in their last game before the international break.

Merson told SkySports that he feels Watford will hold Louis van Gaal's side to a point, explaining his prediction.

He said: "Watford are very hard to beat and play a certain way at home, which you could see when they beat West Ham. I just don't think Man United are free-flowing, and Watford could frustrate them, so I'm going to go 1-1.

"United have the best defensive record in the top seven but have scored the least. They play that way, where they make sure they don't get beat first and foremost, and then go on from there."

Watford's result against West Ham was certainly one which will have made teams take notice, as the Hammers have been superb away from home this season, beating Manchester City, Liverpool and Arsenal on the road.

The international break could be good for United in that it halts Watford's momentum from that victory, but after Anthony Martial picked up a knock in midweek for France against England, the Red Devils face being without one of their key attackers.

United have won three out of six league games away from home this season in the Premier League, with their only loss a 3-0 defeat to Arsenal.

Merson has not been positive about Manchester United recently, telling SkySports during the international break he believes Tottenham, and even 16th placed Chelsea, will finish above them and leave them outside the top four at the end of the season.

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