Paul Merson sends Manchester United warning amid Arsenal Premier League chase

Uniteds 2-1 win over Manchester City on Saturday has taken them within a point of their archrivals albeit are still nine points off the Gunners in pole position. However, with Arsenal not playing in midweek, a win over them next weekend will see United cut the gap to just three points.

Speaking about a possible title chase after Saturdays lunchtime win, Raphael Varane admitted everything is possible while Luke Shaw said a quadruple attempt is down to us. United have not lifted the trophy since 2013 in Sir Alex Fergusons last season before retirement.

But Merson believes six points in the next week could put United in a position to end a decade-long wait – although a loss to Arsenal would end their hopes. Speaking on Sky Sports, he said: I think it all comes down to next Sunday. Next Sunday is the game.

If Man United go and beat Palace away, which I do expect them to do the way they are playing, and then go to the Emirates, if Man United win that game theyre three points behind Arsenal.

If Arsenal win that game Man United are out of the equation and its Man City chasing them down, and theyre eight, maybe even more points behind Arsenal. Its Arsenals to throw away now.

United defeated Arsenal 3-1 in September&aposs bout at Old Trafford. Saturdays derby win means the Reds have knocked down defending champions City, table-toppers Arsenal, Tottenham and last years double-cup winners Liverpool at home this season.

However, they have picked up just one point in two matches against the big six away from home, and still need to face Arsenal, Liverpool, Tottenham and high-flying Newcastle on the road.

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