Paul Merson didn’t predict Newcastle to win any of their first nine Premier League matches but then actually tipped NUFC to beat both Burnley and Bournemouth.

Ahead of Saturday though, he has gone back to using a bizarre tactic which he first used when Newcastle faced Crystal Palace last month.

In his entire write up for that game (Newcastle ended up winning 1-0 although Paul Merson predicted a draw), Merson didn’t mention Newcastle United a single time, only referring to the opposition.

Today, he has repeated the trick and only talks about Manchester United.

Unless…when he keeps referring to ‘United’, Paul Merson means the one that was around for 10 years before Newton Heath decided on a change of name…

Either way, he has predictably predicted the Mancs to win, by a two goal margin, as they attempt to cling onto faint hopes of competing with Man City.

Paul Merson speaking to Sky Sports:

“It is a must-win game for United as if I get my earlier results right, Man City will be clear and then they will need to win.

“Man Utd have good fixtures coming up but it will be a difficult game.

“United are not far away, if I am being honest…. I know they went to Liverpool and Chelsea and did not score.

“I think the plan was to beat the lesser teams and do not get beat by the big teams, but getting beat by Huddersfield has put them behind the eight ball and so they have to win.

“Prediction 2-0”

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