Michael Owen states his prediction for Man United v Southampton
The former Man United striker is tipping Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to extend his impressive run against Southampton on Saturday afternoon
Michael Owen is confident that Romelu Lukaku will help Manchester United to extend their unbeaten run against Southampton on Saturday afternoon.
The Belgium international was used on the wing in their goalless draw with Premier League leaders Liverpool FC at Old Trafford last weekend.
Lukaku was forced to play out of position due to Marcus Rashford’s limited movement in the game against Liverpool FC as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer contended with an injury crisis during the north-west derby.
The Manchester United interim manager started Lukaku in his favoured centre-forward role for the trip to Crystal Palace on Wednesday night.
The former Everton striker repaid his manager’s faith with two goals in Manchester United’s 3-1 win against the Eagles at Selhurst Park.
The Red Devils will be hoping to capitalise on Arsenal’s trip to Tottenham in Saturday’s early kick-off as Manchester United look reclaim fourth spot.
Former England striker Owen is backing Lukaku to get on the score-sheet in a Manchester United victory at Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon.
“United remain unbeaten domestically under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and their injury-ravaged team were too good for Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park in midweek,” Owen told BetVictor.
“United have picked up five more points than any other club in the division since the Norwegian took charge!
“The Saints gained a valuable three points at home to Fulham midweek to ease their relegation worries although they remain just two points above the drop zone.”
Owen added: “As a former striker I enjoyed Romelu Lukaku’s predatory goals at Palace in midweek. Although eight of his 10 Premier League goals so far this season have come on the road, I expect the Belgium international to be among the goals back at Old Trafford.”
Lukaku has scored 10 goals in 25 games in the Premier League this season in what has been a challenging campaign for the Belgian forward.
The Manchester United striker has struggled to hit top form since he became the club’s second most expensive signing in 2017.
Solskjaer’s side are unbeaten in the Premier League since the Norwegian replaced Jose Mourinho in mid-December.