Merson insists Manchester United are on ‘verge of meltdown’

Date published: Saturday 6th March 2021 9:23 - Joe Williams

Paul Merson Manchester United

Paul Merson says Manchester United are “on the verge of a meltdown” because of their poor run of form in the Premier League.

The Red Devils, who travel across the city to face leaders Manchester City on Sunday, have only won two out of their last eight matches in the Premier League and are currently hanging on to second place, with third-placed Leicester City also suffering from poor results.

The likes of Chelsea, Everton and West Ham are now picking up results to put pressure on United and the Foxes and Merson reckons Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side are in danger of chucking away a top-four finish.

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“Manchester United are on the verge of a meltdown – because that’s what it would be if they don’t finish in the top four,” Merson wrote in the Daily Star.

“They were top of the league not so long ago and if you’re in with a chance of winning the title and then you don’t finish in the top four, that’s a major collapse.

“United have stopped scoring goals and teams below them have winnable games. They have opened the door. And they could be caught.”

Merson added: “Look at the players they have. Edinson Cavani, Marcus Rashford, Mason Greenwood, Daniel James.

“There’s a lot of ammunition there. Players who can hurt you. But too often it’s all about Bruno Fernandes.  They’re always waiting for him to do something special. But teams are targeting him now and he’s getting tired. It’s taking a toll on him.

“He’s been carrying a massive football club on his shoulders for too long this season. Someone else has to step up.”


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