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Paul Merson backs Manchester United to beat Leicester City

Merson backs United to beat Leicester
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Former Arsenal forward Paul Merson tips Manchester United to overcome Leicester City in the opening match of the 2018-19 Premier League campaign.

Former Arsenal forward Paul Merson has backed Manchester United to overcome Leicester City in the opening match of the 2018-19 Premier League campaign.

United are still scrambling to sign a central defender before the transfer deadline on Thursday, and have been strongly linked with Leicester's Harry Maguire.

A move for the England international looks difficult at this stage, but Merson still feels that United will get their season underway with three points at Old Trafford.

"This will be a good game. Pressure is on at United after not a great pre-season," Merson told Sky Sports News.

"This should be perfect for Leicester as United will have a go and they can be caught on the counter-attack, but they'll miss Riyad Mahrez. I just think Mourinho will find a way to get off to a winning start."

United recorded a 2-0 win over Leicester when they locked horns at Old Trafford in the early stages of last season.

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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester CityMan City97202632323
2Liverpool97201631323
3Chelsea96302071321
4Arsenal970222111121
5Tottenham HotspurSpurs9702167921
6Bournemouth95221612417
7Watford95131312116
8Everton94321512315
9Wolverhampton WanderersWolves943298115
10Manchester UnitedMan Utd94231516-114
11Leicester CityLeicester94051515012
12Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton93241013-311
13Burnley92251017-78
14West Ham UnitedWest Ham9216814-67
15Crystal Palace9216511-67
16Southampton9135614-86
17Cardiff CityCardiff9126819-115
18Fulham91261125-145
19Huddersfield TownHuddersfield9036418-143
20Newcastle UnitedNewcastle9027614-82

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