Michael Owen states his prediction for Man United v Cardiff

Michael Owen is confident Manchester United will finish their season with a win over Cardiff on Sunday

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (Photo: Screengrab)

Michael Owen is backing Manchester United to end a difficult season on a positive note with a victory over Cardiff City at Old Trafford in their final Premier League fixture on Sunday afternoon.

The Red Devils have nothing left to play for after their top-four fate was sealed last weekend when Manchester United were unable to beat Huddersfield Town.

The 20-time English champions are set to finish outside the top four for the fourth time in six seasons since Sir Alex Ferguson stood down as manager in 2013.

The Red Devils were unable to overhaul Chelsea FC and Tottenham Hotspur, who secured the final two Champions League qualifying spots in the Premier League this term.

Manchester United suffered disappointments in the cup competitions as well after the Red Devils lost to FC Barcelona and Wolves in the Champions League and FA Cup quarter-finals.

However, former Manchester United striker Owen is confident that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side will end the Premier League season with a win over relegated Cardiff City.

“Cardiff lost their relegation battle last weekend and they have never kept a clean sheet in their 15 previous visits to Old Trafford,” Owen told BetVictor.

“United were held to a draw at another relegated club Huddersfield Town last weekend, but I expect them to make no mistake against the Bluebirds.

“There will be a summer of transition and upheaval at Old Trafford with a number of new players coming in and several the old guard leaving the club.

“It will be fascinating to see how many of the side who start against the Bluebirds on Sunday are in the starting XI for the opening game of the 2019-20 season in August.”

Manchester United appointed Solskjaer as their permanent manager at the end of March after the former Norway striker initially replaced Jose Mourinho on an interim basis back in December.

The Red Devils haven’t won the Premier League title since Ferguson’s retirement in 2013.

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