Michael Owen states his prediction for Man City v Man United

The BT Sport pundit is backing Manchester City to beat Manchester United at The Etihad on Sunday

Man United manager Jose Mourinho Photo: BT Sport

Michael Owen is tipping Manchester City to ease to a comfortable win over Manchester United in the derby at The Etihad on Sunday evening.

The Premier League leaders will welcome their bitter rivals to Eastlands as Pep Guardiola’s side look to maintain their unbeaten start to the season.

The Citizens have eased to victories over north London duo Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur on the road, while Guardiola’s side secured a point in a goalless draw at Liverpool FC.

Manchester United are the first top-six team to visit the Etihad Stadium this season and Jose Mourinho’s men will be buoyed by their exploits in the Champions League in mid-week.

The Red Devils came from 1-0 down to secure a 2-1 win over Juventus after Juan Mata’s free-kick and Alex Sandro’s own goal to cancel out Cristiano Ronaldo’s opener.

However, Manchester City made a statement of their own with a resounding 6-1 win against Shakhtar Donetsk in their Champions League fixture at The Etihad.

Mourinho’s side came from 2-0 down to secure a 3-2 win at the reigning Premier League champions at The Etihad last term thanks to Paul Pogba’s talismanic performance.

Former Manchester United striker Owen is tipping Manchester City to beat their derby rivals at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday evening.

“City’s title celebrations had to be put on ice when United came from two-goals down to win 3-2 at the Etihad back in the spring, and I expect to see both sides find the back of the net in Sunday’s Manchester derby,” Owen told BetVictor.

“United cannot afford to be slowly out of the blocks again this weekend, and I feel it will be Pep Guardiola’s side who win the last game before the international break.”

Manchester City are sitting at the top of the Premier League table and nine points ahead of Manchester United, who are trailing the Citizens in eighth spot in the table.

The Eastlands outfit will be wary of taking their foot off the pedal should the Citizens storm into an early lead given the Red Devils’s comeback heroics over the past month or so.

Manchester United have come from behind to secure 10 points in five of their last six fixtures in all competitions.

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