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Paul Merson states his prediction for Chelsea FC v Man United

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José Mourinho has said he will not gloat if Manchester United beat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Saturday because he has too much respect for his former club.

"I want to do well for my team, players, support".

Merson added: "If United do lose, the pressure will nearly certainly crank up again on Jose Mourinho".

"What I can do is what I keep telling them - that this is my problem to cope with it because I am the man - and let them enjoy their football the way they did against Newcastle in the second half". Yes, it bothers me.

Mourinho was charged by the Football Association this week for reputedly swearing into a TV camera after the 3-2 win against Newcastle in what has been reported as a possible riposte to critics.

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Pressed on whether he felt victimised by the charge, he said: "If I answer to your question I probably have another process, because I can not imply bias, so my answer is no answer". "Would I celebrate like insane my team's goal at Stamford Bridge or my team's victory at Stamford Bridge?" And that puts them just on the Premier League and in the Premier League the results speak for themselves. Everyone stayed at his own house and I think the players, when they woke up in the morning from that they read (reports) on social media.

Former Arsenal midfielder Merson believes Chelsea FC will inflict a fourth league defeat of the season upon Mourinho and his Manchester United side to leave their rivals toiling in mid-table. "We try", he said.

UEFA has fined Manchester United, Valencia, Napoli, CSKA Moscow and Viktoria Plzen for a variety of offences. "Chelsea is led by intelligent and experienced people and they would never sell Eden to Man United", he said.

The Portuguese won three Premier League titles in two successful spells in charge of Chelsea, but has lost all three of his previous visits to Stamford Bridge as United manager without even scoring a goal. "It happened with me [in 2014-15] and Antonio [Conte, in 2016-17], and this season he is the best player until now and Chelsea is top of the league because he is the kind who can make a huge difference".

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