Manchester United named among top five clubs to win the Champions League

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Football pundit and former Arsenal star Paul Merson has backed Manchester United to win the Champions League this season.

United have struggled in the Champions League in recent years, but Merson believes that the current squad can do well in the Champions League.

Paul Merson named United along with Premier League sides Manchester City and Chelsea, and also Bayern Munich and PSG as the top five teams to win the Champions League this season.

“I’ve gone for Manchester United as one of the top five contenders for the Champions League this season and I’ll explain why,” Merson wrote in a column for Sportskeeda.

“I know they were knocked out in the group stages last season, but the way they play suits Champions League football more than the Premier League.

“They counterattack as well as anyone in Europe and have a squad that has match-winners across the pitch with the additions of Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane.

“Sancho adds a bit more guile to the team, while Varane is an experienced defender who will not only allow them to play a higher line but also complement Harry Maguire perfectly.

“Manchester United are the biggest club in world football in my opinion, so I’m not going to call them dark-horses.

“They’ve gone almost eight years without winning the Premier League or the Champions League and that could so easily become 15 or 20 if they don’t take the initiative.

“They look like a strong team and it goes without saying that each one of their forwards, barring Edinson Cavani, are incredibly quick!

“I don’t know if Manchester United will win the Premier League title, but when you look at the way they play, they could be a force to be reckoned with in the UEFA Champions League.”