Paul Merson reveals the big advantage Man Utd have over Arsenal and Man City

Paul Merson believes Man Utd have one big advantage over Arsenal and Man City
Paul Merson believes Man Utd have one big advantage over Arsenal and Man City (Picture: Sky Sports)

Paul Merson has revealed the major advantage Manchester United have over Premier League rivals Arsenal and Man City.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side were fifth in the Premier League when the season was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic, 37 points below leaders Liverpool.

But Merson says he is looking forward to watching Manchester United more than any other team once football resumes.

And the Gunners legend says Solskjaer has a ‘young and improving squad’ at Old Trafford, something that is lacking at both Arsenal and Man City.

‘When football eventually restarts, the team I’m looking forward to watching more than anyone else is Manchester United,’ Merson wrote in a column for StarSport.

‘Because they were absolutely flying when we went into lockdown, winning eight of their last 11 games, scoring lots of goals and being undefeated since January.

‘In fact, I’d say no-one was playing better than United before the enforced break in March.

‘Can they carry on where they left off? That’s the 64 million dollar question but there are definite signs that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is starting to assemble a formidable squad at Old Trafford.

‘And it’s a young, improving one, which is something that can’t really be said about the likes of Arsenal or even Manchester City.’

The former Arsenal and England star added: ‘I’m not saying United will necessarily be title contenders next season but they are certainly heading in the right direction and they’ll be a lot closer to the top of the table than they have been in recent seasons.

Merson has paid tribute to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's squad
Merson has paid tribute to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad (Picture: Getty)

‘If there is a question mark about them under Solskjaer, it is that they have a streaky side to them.

‘Just as United have been capable of stringing together a few wins under Solskjaer, there’s also been a tendency to have bad runs too.

‘You don’t find the likes of Pep Guardiola or Jurgen Klopp enduring slumps. The real top managers rarely go more than two or three games without a win.

‘So yes, the jury is still out on Solskjaer but if I was United fan, I’d be more excited than most about what the future holds.’

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