Michael Owen states his prediction for Man United v Reading

Michael Owen looks ahead to Manchester United's FA Cup third round clash against Reading at Old Trafford

Michael Owen is fully expecting to see Manchester United beat Reading and reach the fourth round of the FA Cup on Saturday.

The Red Devils are preparing to kick off the defence of their FA Cup crown after they lifted the trophy last year at Wembley, when they came from behind to beat Crystal Palace.

Manchester United head into the game in good form, after having won their last six games on the spin in the Premier League under new boss Jose Mourinho.

The Red Devils had initially made a stuttering start to life under their new manager as they struggled to find consistent form in the top flight.

However, Manchester United now seem to be clicking into gear under Mourinho and will be confident of beating their Championship opposition on Saturday at Old Trafford.

And former Liverpool striker Owen is fully expecting to see Manchester United progress at Old Trafford.

Writing in his column for BetVictor, Owen said: “Former United central defender Japp Staam takes his progressive Reading side to Old Trafford for a tie the Royals have nothing to lose and plenty to gain.

“The Dutch defender won the trophy during his time at Old Trafford and his Reading side have won many friends with their patient and possession football this term.

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“The Royals currently lie third in the Championship table and promotion is their main aim this season – I don’t expect them to get anything against a United side who continue to go from strength to strength.”

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