Paul Merson, pundit
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Paul Merson states "shock" prediction for Manchester United vs Newcastle United

Paul Merson has given his prediction for the upcoming match between Manchester United and Newcastle United. 

The Red Devils are currently sitting in 5th place in the Premier League table with 15 points. Eddie Howe's side, meanwhile, are in 6th place, one point behind the opponents. 

The two teams are set to face each other on October 16, on Sunday. Ahead of the game, Merson has shared his thoughts, backing the Magpies to celebrate a 2 - 1 win over United. 

"I like the way Newcastle are playing at the moment - they absolutely dismantled Fulham last week. You've got to give them credit - they've got the players and have pace on the counter," the pundit said, via Sportskeeda. 

"Erik ten Hag will have to play Cristiano Ronaldo now, won't he? Ronaldo, in my opinion, is the best finisher in the world. You don't score 700 goals by not being able to finish. You give him chances, and he scores goals. He makes the hardest things in the world look very easy.

He added: "I think Casemiro needs some time. There's a lot yet to come from him. This game is very different to the Everton fixture, and United will need to be at their best. I'm not too sure about this game, and that's a big compliment for Newcastle.

"I'm going to go for a shock this weekend. Newcastle have the players in their team to hurt Manchester United. They've got the game to beat United, but they'll need to pick the right pass. If they stick to Eddie Howe's plan and execute it like they have been over the last couple of weeks, I think they'll win."


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