MANCHESTER UNITED make the trip to Bournemouth on Saturday as they look to make it back-to-back wins in the Premier League.
The Red Devils beat Everton last weekend to record their fifth win of what has been a poor start to their season.
Jose Mourinho’s men already find themselves nine points behind leaders Liverpool and Manchester City.
And they have conceded 17 goals in just 10 games, the fifth most in the league.
Bournemouth on the other hand have made a terrific start to their campaign and sit in sixth position.
“This is a bit of a level game, isn’t it?”
Eddie Howe’s team have lost just two of their 10 games, winning six, and scored 19 goals in the process.
And the Vitality Stadium is sure to be bouncing for Saturday’s early kick off.
Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson has given his prediction for the encounter and does not envisage an easy afternoon for United.
“This is a bit of a level game, isn’t it?” he told Sky Sports.
“Over the years you’d say these types of games are a walk in the park for Manchester United, but this is a hard game now.
It’s a hard one to call, too. I went with Manchester United last week 2-1 against Everton because they’re Manchester United.
“It’s very hard to go against them. But I’m going for a draw here, and it’s a massive compliment to Bournemouth.
“That’s how far they’ve come, and also where Manchester United have gone too.
“United are sometimes better away, but Bournemouth will have a right go at them, and United are all over the place at the back.”
And Merson has predicted that the game will finish 2-2.
A win for the Red Devils would put them level on 20 points with Bournemouth, just outside the Champions League positions.
A win for the Cherries would put them into the top four, at least until everyone else has played.