Ex-Arsenal star Paul Merson has tipped Cristiano Ronaldo for a fairytale second Manchester United debut in his round of Premier League predictions for round four.
Paul Merson ‘wouldn’t put it past’ Cristiano Ronaldo to score a hat-trick on his return for Manchester United this weekend.
Ronaldo hopes to start on his second United debut at Old Trafford as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side face Newcastle in their latest Premier League match aiming to continue their unbeaten start.
“I’d expect Cristiano Ronaldo to score on his return to the Premier League. I have all these keyboard warriors having a go at me at the moment – I never said he isn’t going to score goals,” Merson wrote in his Sportskeeda column.
“The Newcastle game is a great way to get Ronaldo started at the club. Newcastle are going to sit back and absorb pressure and Manchester United will be able to put balls into the box for Cristiano Ronaldo. It’s going to be one-way traffic for most of the game, and I’d expect Ronaldo to score against Newcastle.
“Ronaldo isn’t the player he once was, but if I was a Manchester United fan, I’d actually be worried if he doesn’t score against Newcastle on Saturday.
“It will be quite interesting to watch Manchester United adapt to having Ronaldo in their ranks. United should be able to blow Newcastle away this weekend. I hope Ronaldo scores a hat-trick on Saturday – it won’t be easy, but I wouldn’t put it past him.”
Merson’s Score Prediction: Manchester United 3-0 Newcastle United
What are Merson’s other predictions?
The former Arsenal midfielder expects an overall 30 goals to come across the 10 fixtures, with no major upsets as the ‘Big Six’ all claim three points.
Below are the rest of Merson’s score predictions for this weekend’s Premier League action.
Crystal Palace vs Tottenham Hotspur
Prediction: Crystal Palace 1-2 Tottenham Hotspur
Watford vs Wolverhampton Wanderers
Prediction: Watford 0-2 Wolves
Brentford vs Brighton & Hove Albion
Prediction: Brentford 1-1 Brighton & Hove Albion
Arsenal vs Norwich City
Prediction: Arsenal 4-0 Norwich City
Southampton vs West Ham United
Prediction: Southampton 1-2 West Ham United
Leicester City vs Manchester City
Prediction: Leicester City 1-3 Manchester City
Chelsea vs Aston Villa
Prediction: Chelsea 3-0 Aston Villa
Leeds United vs Liverpool
Prediction: Leeds United 1-3 Liverpool
Everton vs Burnley
Prediction: Everton 1-1 Burnley