Michael Owen predicts the outcome of Man United v West Ham

Michael Owen looks ahead to Manchester United's clash with West Ham United in the FA Cup on Sunday

Michael Owen is backing West Ham to frustrate Manchester United and hold the Red Devils to a 1-1 draw in Sunday’s FA Cup quarter-final clash at Old Trafford.

The Red Devils head into the game looking to bounce back from consecutive defeats after their loss to West Brom in the Premier League last weekend was compounded by their 2-0 reversal at the hands of Liverpool in the Europa League at Anfield on Thursday night.

With United all but out of the Premier League title race and seemingly on their way out of the Europa League, the FA Cup may represent the Red Devils’ best chance of winning a trophy this season.

However, former United and Liverpool striker Owen is tipping the high-flying Hammers to frustrate Louis van Gaal’s men at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon.

Writing in his blog for Colossus Bets, Owen said: “Sending-offs were a big talking point last weekend too, and Juan Mata’s wasn’t the brightest as Man United stumbled to a 1-0 defeat at West Brom on Sunday.

“The timing of their FA Cup tie against West Ham isn’t great, so soon after their Europa League game at Liverpool on Thursday night, but these competitions are important to United more than ever this season and you have to think Van Gaal will put out his strongest available XI.

“And their home record, conceding just seven goals in 14 league games – they drew 0-0 with West Ham at Old Trafford in December – is obviously impressive.

“But West Ham are a real handful these days, as the likes of Liverpool, Tottenham and Everton can pay testament to in recent weeks, and I’ve settled on another 1-1 score line.”

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United take on Liverpool in the return leg of their Europa League tie on Thursday night at Old Trafford.

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