Former Arsenal star, Paul Merson has predicted Saturday’s Premier League clash between Manchester United and Leicester City.
The Red Devils welcome Brendan Rodgers’ men to Old Trafford, knowing they can only salvage their season with a top-four finish.
Ahead of this weekend, United are currently four points behind fourth-placed Arsenal and have played one game more.
Merson expects Ralf Rangnick’s men to beat Leicester and put “major pressure” on the Gunners.
He said: “As I’ve said hundreds of times before, you never quite know what you’re going to get with Manchester United.
“Leicester have got a big Europa League game on Thursday and in all honesty, that’s a bigger game for them at this stage of the season than a Premier League clash against the Red Devils, so a handful of players could be rested for this one.
“I keep on predicting Manchester United to win and I don’t know why, but I think they’ll win this one 2-1 and put major pressure on Arsenal.”
Drop Ronaldo, Maguire – Merson tells Rangnick players to start against Leicester City
Arsenal legend, Paul Merson, has handed Manchester United interim coach, Ralf Rangnick, names of players to start the Red Devils’ Premier League game against Leicester City.
Merson wants Rangnick to drop Cristiano Ronaldo and Harry Maguire. He, however, wants the German to start Marcus Rashford and Anthony Elanga against Leicester.
Speaking on Soccer Saturday, Merson said, “If the reports are accurate [of players wanting Maguire dropped], that is not nice because Maguire is a top bloke and a good professional who looks after the players. He’s not really worried about himself and he is a team player.
“But for me, I don’t think he [Maguire] plays in this game and I would also play [Marcus] Rashford and [Anthony] Elanga. If they have any chance of winning this game, they’ve to play on the counter-attack with plenty of pace, skill and energy.
“Personally, I would leave [Cristiano] Ronaldo out of this game. Against Watford, they dominated the game and had something like 80 per cent possession, but they are not going to have the ball as much against Leicester.
“How many times are they going to be in Leicester’s half dominating the ball? they have good defenders, they would rather play against Ronaldo than mark someone like Rashford. They don’t want to play up against pace.
“Leicester City are finding it harder as everybody is sitting back now against them – 10 behind the ball and breaking like Tottenham and Everton did.
“They have got to be careful because if [Manchester] United get it right this weekend, they could go home with another 3 points.
“They’ve the firepower and we have seen it before with the way they play but Rangnick has to get it right, otherwise it could be four or five the other way.”