Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson has predicted that Manchester United will come out on top of their clash with West Ham United on Sunday.

The two sides meet at Old Trafford following disappointing starts to their respective campaigns.

Having conceded a late equaliser at home to Arsenal last weekend, Jose Mourinho will know that his side cannot afford to keep dropping points if they are to challenge for the Premier League title.

The Hammers, meanwhile, crumbled in the final minutes of their London derby at Tottenham Hotspur, giving away two late goals to lose the match 3-2, leaving them just one point above the relegation zone.

Merson believes that the Red Devils should have won all three points last weekend and does not expect them to go home disappointed against Slaven Bilic’s men.

“Well, Manchester United have to win this and I thought they played well last week against Arsenal – in fact, they should have won”, the former Arsenal man told Sky Sports.

“West Ham were 2-1 up with a minute to go against Tottenham, but still managed to go and get beaten 3-2. Along with where they are in the league, I’m going for United to win.”

Mourinho will welcome back striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who missed the Arsenal game through suspension, whilst Wayne Rooney is just two goals short of becoming the club’s all-time top scorer, overtaking the legendary Sir Bobby Charlton.

Bilic has struggled to recapture the form that saw West Ham challenge for a Champions League spot last season and will be aware that his side must start to pick up points if they are to avoid a relegation battle.

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