Arsenal legend Paul Merson predicts Chelsea to beat Manchester United in the FA Cup tie
Arsenal legend Paul Merson predicts that Chelsea will beat Manchester United in the FA Cup fifth round tie on Monday at Stamford Bridge. He thinks the absence of Jesse Lingard is a huge setback for the Red Devils.
The England international went down injured during United’s 2-0 defeat against PSG on Tuesday night. And he is not expected to recover for the next game.
Merson was speaking on Sky Sports, and said: “United were brought back down to earth by Paris Saint-Germain the other day.
“It’s a hard game. Its one of those where I think Chelsea will win this.
“I think that Champions League loss will knock Man Utd sideways.
“They will miss Jesse Lingard, he’s a bit of an unsung hero for them.
“When he went off against PSG that was it then. The players that are coming in like Alexis Sanchez have flopped.
“It’s a massive game for both of them. Man Utd are now are under pressure after their first-leg loss to PSG in the Champions League.
“Their season could go up in flames in a week because if they get beat here they are out of the FA Cup and are facing an uphill task to stay in the Champions League.
“This period for me is when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is going to get the job or not.”
After the FA Cup tie, Chelsea will play the Carabao Cup final next Sunday, while Manchester United will host Liverpool in a league game on the same day.