Michael Owen states his prediction for Man United v Newcastle

The Liverpool FC legend is backing Manchester United to edge to a narrow win over Newcastle United

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
Man United manager Jose Mourinho Photo: Uefa handout

Michael Owen is backing Manchester United to ease to a 1-0 win against Newcastle United at Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon.

The Red Devils have the opportunity to end their winless run in the Premier League when the Magpies make the short trip to Old Trafford this weekend.

Jose Mourinho has come under relentless pressure over the past fortnight so far after Manchester United failed to win their last four games in all competitions.

Manchester United returned from the international break to be held to a 1-1 draw with promoted side Wolverhampton Wanderers at Old Trafford.

The Red Devils followed up the stalemate with a disappointing 3-1 loss to West Ham United at the London Stadium to leave Manchester United in tenth place in the table.

As if Manchester United’s poor form in the Premier League wasn’t bad enough, the Red Devils crashed out of the Carabao Cup following a loss to Championship side Derby County.

To compound Mourinho’s misery, it was his former Chelsea FC vice captain Frank Lampard who masterminded Derby’s triumph over Manchester United in the League Cup third round.

Manchester United were held to a goalless draw with La Liga side Valencia in the Champions League on Tuesday night after a performance that was devoid of creativity and excitement.

Former Liverpool FC striker Owen is predicting that Mourinho will get a temporary reprieve on Saturday when Manchester United face winless Newcastle.

“A big week for Manchester United who entertained Valencia in the Champions League midweek ahead of the visit of the Magpies,” Owen told BetVictor.

“The visitors are yet to win in the PL this season and were disappointing against Leicester City at St James’s Park at the weekend.

“Newcastle have only won one of their last 36 games at Old Trafford and they are continuing to struggle in front of goal.

“I don’t expect to see a goal-fest at the weekend but feel the hosts will just do enough to keep the points in a tight, tense affair.”

Manchester United can count on their impressive Old Trafford against Newcastle, having lost one of their last 36 home matches against the Magpies in all competitions.

Mourinho’s side were comfortable 4-1 winners against Rafael Benitez’s side in their meeting at Old Trafford in the Premier League in November 2017.

However, the Magpies got their revenge in the reverse fixture when Matt Ritchie scored a 65th minute winner at St James’ Park.

Newcastle do have the chance to secure their own slice of history at Old Trafford this weekend to make amends for their horrible start to the season.

Indeed, Benitez’s side can become the first Newcastle squad to beat Manchester United in back-to-back games since 1972, which could provide the Magpies with some added motivation to cause an upset.

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