Michael Owen predicts Man United v AZ Alkmaar

Michael Owen looks ahead to Manchester United's home clash with AZ Alkmaar in the Europa League on Thursday

Michael Owen
Liverpool FC legend Michael Owen (Photo: BT Sport)

Michael Owen is backing Manchester United to claim a straightforward victory over AZ Alkmaar in the Europa League on Thursday night.

The Red Devils head into the game fresh from their impressive back to back victories over Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League.

Manchester United have struggled to find consistent form in all competitions this season but the Red Devils’ recent results will have boosted confidence levels around Old Trafford.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have already booked their spot in the last 32 of the Europa League and they will be aiming to sign off for the group stage with a victory in front of their home fans.

And former Manchester United striker Owen is backing the Red Devils to claim all three points when they host the Dutch side on Thursday night.

Writing in his column for BetVictor, Owen said: “United are already through to the knock-out stages but they need at least a point against Alkmaar to be guaranteed top-spot in the group.

“After, arguably, their best performance and result of the season at the Etihad on Saturday, confidence will be high at Old Trafford.

“The Dutch side have won their last couple of league games without conceding, but I think United will build on their recent wins against Spurs and City and take all three points.”

Manchester United are currently in fifth place in the Premier League table as they chase Champions League qualification under Solskjaer.

The Red Devils – who finished in sixth place in the table last term – will return to top flight action on Sunday afternoon when they host Everton at Old Trafford.

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