Michael Owen states his prediction for Bournemouth v Man United
The Liverpool FC legend believes Bournemouth will secure a positive result against Manchester United on Saturday afternoon
Michael Owen is backing Bournemouth to secure a positive result against Manchester United at the Vitality Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
The Cherries have been one of the surprise packages of the Premier League season under Eddie Howe in fourth campaign in the English top flight.
Bournemouth narrowly avoided relegation to the Championship last term but the Cherries manager has made significant improvements over the past few months.
Callum Wilson has scored five times and has made four assists in the Premier League this season to help Bournemouth hoist themselves up to sixth place in the table.
The south coast club are three points ahead of eighth-placed Manchester United, and surprisingly, have a vastly superior goal difference.
Bournemouth have netted 19 times and have conceded 12 goals in the Premier League this season, while Manchester United have conceded 17 times to highlight their problems at the back.
The Red Devils appear to be turning a corner at Old Trafford following two victories and one stalemate to hoist them into eighth spot.
Manchester United have beaten Newcastle United and Everton in their last two fixtures at Old Trafford, while the Red Devils drew 2-2 with Chelsea FC at Stamford Bridge.
But former Liverpool FC striker Owen believes Bournemouth will either beat or secure a draw against Manchester United in Saturday’s early kick-off at Vitality Stadium.
“Bournemouth begin the weekend sixth in the table and have kept three successive clean sheets in the Premier League,” Owen told BetVictor.
“Eddie Howe’s side will look forward to the visit of Manchester United despite the fact that they have only won one of the six Premier League games played between the clubs.
“United had fortune on their side against Everton on Sunday but the bottom line is they are beginning to get results in the Premier League and the outstanding recent form of Anthony Martial is a big plus.
“This is a big test for the Cherries, but if there is to be a winner at the Vitality Stadium I feel it will be the hosts.”
Manchester United have already lost to Brighton, Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United in the Premier League this season, with two of those defeats coming on the road.
The Red Devils eased to a 2-0 win in this fixture last term thanks to goals from Chris Smalling and Romelu Lukaku.
Unsurprisingly, the 20-time English champions lost 2-1 to Bournemouth in their first Premier League meeting at the Vitalty Stadium in December 2015 but haven’t beaten Manchester United in the next five games.