Paul Merson thinks Manchester United’s terrible run of form in the Premier League could lead to a “major meltdown” at Old Trafford.
United face table-toppers Manchester City on Sunday with the form of the two offering huge contrasts. While City have 21 games on the bounce to sit pretty at the top, United have just two wins in their last eight. While Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side are still second, they now face a fight to secure a top-four finish.
It’s some fall from grace given they went top of the table with a 1-0 win at Burnley on January 12.
Merson now thinks their problems run quite deep and can foresee a major collapse.
“They were top of the league not so long ago and if you’re in with a chance of winning the title and then you don’t finish in the top four, that’s a major collapse.
“United have stopped scoring goals and teams below them have winnable games. They have opened the door. And they could be caught.”
Merson calls for help for Bruno Fernandes
United too often have relied on star man Bruno Fernandes to dig them out of a hole. But he can’t always do it on his own and Merson claims there are four stars who ought to do more to share the goals burden.
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Merson added: “Look at the players they have. Edinson Cavani, Marcus Rashford, Mason Greenwood, Daniel James.
“There’s a lot of ammunition there. Players who can hurt you. But too often it’s all about Bruno Fernandes. They’re always waiting for him to do something special. But teams are targeting him now and he’s getting tired. It’s taking a toll on him.
“He’s been carrying a massive football club on his shoulders for too long this season. Someone else has to step up.”