Thursday , September 16 2021

Paul Parker’s Premier League Picks: Cristiano Ronaldo’s Manchester United return to winning ways



Paul Parker believes Cristiano Ronaldo’s return to Old Trafford will be a win for Manchester United against Newcastle.

Leeds and Liverpool shared the points at Elland Road last season, but Parker feels the Whites won’t be so lucky this time around.

Arsenal end up in their game with Norwich at the bottom of the table, but will get a much-needed victory – according to the former England defender.

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Manchester United v Newcastle (Saturday, 3pm)

It is a non-football match event. Everyone wants to be there; ticket prices are going crazy. I hope Ole Gunnar Solskjaer does the right thing and starts Cristiano Ronaldo. I don’t think there’s any excuse not to start but he seems to have the habit of bringing in these players and for some reason he thinks they need to take the time to stay in it. Football players are not newborn babies.

Ronaldo will ask to play. Ole would have put himself under pressure by having Ronaldo on the bench. He needs to start it for his own sake. If it doesn’t start well then Newcastle could come in and be a party mess.

Ole should also think about starting Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane. He would have to go that way or else open himself up to criticism. He has to go that way and we will read about Ronaldo and in small print he will say that Newcastle boss Steve Bruce is under pressure.

Result: Manchester United 3-0 Newcastle

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Arsenal v Norwich (Saturday, 3pm)

Norwich at home usually think they are three points guaranteed for Arsenal. Norwich will be there with their bad form, the writing seems to be already on the wall for them, and this is a game where if Arsenal are going to start somewhere they have to be against Norwich.

But everything about Arsenal suggests it won’t be easy, except when they played under West Brom’s 23-year-old. Norwich will believe they can gain victory in the Emirates. But I think Arsenal will stumble on the line.

Result: Arsenal 2-1 Norwich

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Leicester v Manchester City (Saturday, 3pm)

I think Manchester City win because Leicester play quite openly and allow City to come in just with the way they play going forward. Leicester won at the Etihad last season, but I think City will win that.

Result: Leicester 1-2 Manchester City

Leeds v Liverpool (Sunday, 4:30 pm)

Leeds could be knocked down or the game could be 3-3, 4-4, 5-5. Leeds can even get 0-0, but they usually don’t make draws. It’s a great game in some ways for Leeds as they want to see themselves compete at the top with people like Liverpool.

Just because of the way Leeds play I don’t think they will win against Liverpool.

Result: Leeds 0-2 Liverpool

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