Michael Owen makes Romelu Lukaku prediction for Man United v Man City

The former Liverpool striker is backing Romelu Lukaku to score in the Manchester derby on Sunday afternoon

Man United striker Romelu Lukaku Photo: Romelu Lukaku/Instagram

Michael Owen has tentatively tipped Romelu Lukaku to score the winner in the Manchester derby at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon.

The Belgium international will compete in his first Manchester derby since a £75m move to Manchester United from Everton in the summer transfer window.

Lukaku scored 10 goals in his first nine games in all competitions as a Manchester United player but the summer signing has struggled for form over the past couple of months.

The powerful centre-forward scored Manchester United’s first goal in a 2-1 win over CSKA Moscow in the Champions League mid-week to take his tally to two goals in his last 12 outings.

Lukaku failed to get on the score sheet against Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea and Arsenal in the Premier League so far this season to raise questions about his record against the top clubs.

However, former Liverpool striker Owen has a sneaky suspicion that Lukaku could answer his critics with a huge goal in the Manchester derby at Old Trafford this weekend.

“Romelu Lukaku scored in both games against City for Everton last season and if the striker were to get the winning goal in a Manchester Derby, it would be a pivotal moment in his United career,” Owen told BetVictor.

Manchester United are in second place in the Premier League table and eight points adrift of current leaders Manchester City.

The Red Devils are looking to win their first Premier League title since 2013.

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