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Merson predicts ‘nerves’ will get the better of Liverpool against Manchester United

Paul Merson has said that the momentum has swung from Liverpool to Manchester United ahead of the two rivals meeting this weekend in the Premier League. 

Earlier on this season there would have been no doubt who would likely win this clash, but Manchester United have a been a team reborn under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, while Liverpool have been holding onto top spot by their fingernails in the last month or so.

That has lead former Arsenal attacker Merson to back the Red Devils, who he says bounced back from defeat in the Champions League impressively, whereas Liverpool are suffering from nerves as the Premier League title race gets tighter.

“I look at when United got beaten by Paris Saint-Germain and I thought they were a million miles off; that’s when you judge managers. When you are winning every week, it’s a doddle, but it’s when you get beaten, it’s how you bounce back.” Merson told his Sky Sports prediction column.

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“I thought they were brilliant in the FA Cup at Chelsea in the way they played.

“If Liverpool get anything from this game, I think they have had a result. I am not saying that because I think Man United are a better team, but I think the pendulum has swung.

“You have a team that is very confident and a team that is very nervous and are snatching at chances. Look at Liverpool’s game against Bayern Munich – two months ago, they would have scored two or three of those chances.

“I think United will have a go. They are not a team under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer that will sit back. They will take the game to Liverpool, and I think the nerves of Liverpool will be too much.”

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