Merson on Liverpool v Man United
Retired Arsenal star Paul Merson works for Sky Sports these days and offered his thoughts ahead of Manchester United’s trip to Liverpool on Monday night.
Wayne Rooney has not started since Manchester United’s 3-1 defeat to Watford but Merson believes Jose Mourinho should recall his captain to the first XI.
“I would play Rooney in this game,” said Merson. “Jesse Lingard has just played two international football matches – that can be very draining. He’s a young lad. If you put Rooney in this game it would take a lot of pressure off Pogba.
“If Rooney’s on the bench, then all eyes are on Pogba. For all that money, he hasn’t performed yet. He’s been nowhere near any good. If Manchester United lose, then he’ll come in for some big criticism.”
Henderson > Pogba
As well as his support for Wayne Rooney to return to the starting line-up, Manchester United fans definitely won’t like Merson’s views on Jordan Henderson and Paul Pogba.
Asked who he’d pick between Pogba and Henderson, Merson replied, “Today, Jordan Henderson.
“Over the next 10 years, I don’t know – it probably should be Pogba considering how much money they spent. Henderson has been as good as anybody in the Premier League. Credit where credit is due, he’s been outstanding. Pogba has been struggling.”
Manchester United fans on Twitter were not particularly impressed.
"Henderson is better than Pogba" Paul Merson
Someone call the police. He's clearly back on the coke#MUFC
— The United Stand (@UnitedStandMUFC) October 14, 2016