Michael Owen states his prediction for Man United v Midtjylland

Michael Owen looks ahead to Manchester United's Europa League clash with Midtjylland on Thursday night

Michael Owen is backing Manchester United to back up their FA Cup victory by beating Midtjylland to reach the last 32 of the Europa League on Thursday night.

The Red Devils secured their place in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup with a 3-0 victory over Shrewsbury Town on Monday night as they returned to winning ways to ease some of the pressure on manager Louis van Gaal.

United were beaten 2-1 by Midtjylland in the first leg of the last-32 tie last week after an uninspiring performance in Denmark.

However, former United and Liverpool striker Owen is fully expecting to see the Red Devils reach the last 16 of Europe’s second tier club competition on Thursday night.

Writing in his blog for Bet Victor, Owen said: “I am writing this ahead of United’s visit to Shrewsbury and this is a big week for my old club given reports suggesting manager Louis van Gaal’s position is under threat and would, arguably, become untenable if the Red Devils don’t qualify for the last eight of the FA Cup or last 16 of the Europa League.

“I think United will react positively to the recent speculation and bounce back from their poor result in the first leg and fully expect them to see off the Danes back at Old Trafford.”

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United will turn their attentions towards their crunch Premier League clash with Arsenal at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon as they bid to bounce back from their 2-1 loss to Sunderland in their most recent outing.

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