Paul Merson backs Chelsea to finish in top four while Manchester United miss out

by Ben Topliss

Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson believes Chelsea will finish in the top four of the Premier League this season at the expense of Manchester United.

Man United are currently in fourth spot in the league, two points behind Manchester City at the summit.

Chelsea, meanwhile, have suffered are disastrous start to the campaign and currently occupy 16th position, just three points above the relegation zone.

Despite this, Merson insisted Chelsea have the quality to overtake United and qualify for the Champions League.

Louis van Gaal

“It’s a head-or-tails one here for me. If Chelsea play like they did against Stoke [Chelsea lost 1-0], they’ll win a lot of football matches. I know that sounds silly as they lost but their performance was so much better,” Merson said.

“Meanwhile, Manchester United never looked like scoring against West Brom until Jesse Lingard got them out of trouble with a stunner.

“You’ve got to go out to win football matches and they go out not to lose them. Chelsea have a lot of points to make up but I can see them going on a run while United are capable of drawing too many games.

“There’s still a long time for Chelsea to make up that gap and, while it’s a hard, hard one to call, I fancy Chelsea to just edge it.”

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Merson has absolutely no idea what he is talking about. To suggest Chelsea, who have looked embarrassing at points this season, can make up a 13 point gap on United is laughable. But maybe Merson knows better than everybody else. We’ll see who is right come May!

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