Michael Owen makes Man United Europa League prediction

Michael Owen is backing Manchester United to reach the Europa League semi-finals at the expense of Anderlecht

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Former Manchester United star Michael Owen Photo: BT Sport

Michael Owen is backing Manchester United to bounce back from the disappointment of conceding a late equaliser against Anderlecht on Thursday night and book their place in the semi-finals of the Europa League.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan gave the visitors the lead in the first half on Thursday night in Belgium but the host equalised four minutes from time when Leander Dendoncker netted with his team’s first shot on target.

Manchester United will take a crucial away goal into the return leg at Old Trafford next week, and Owen is backing Jose Mourinho’s men to get the job done.

Speaking on BT Sport after Thursday’s game, Owen said: “It’s a good result, going back to Old Trafford with an away goal… you’ve got to fancy them strongly now [to reach the semi-finals].”

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Before the return leg, Manchester United must turn their attentions back to Premier League affairs and their crunch clash against Chelsea at Old Trafford on Sunday.

The Red Devils head into this weekend’s round of fixture in fifth place in the Premier League table, while Chelsea are seven points clear at the top.

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