Michael Owen states his prediction for Man United v Brighton
The Liverpool FC legend believes Manchester United will secure their place in the FA Cup semi-finals thanks to victory over Brighton
Michael Owen is backing Manchester United to ease into the FA Cup semi-finals thanks to victory over Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday afternoon.
The Red Devils will be looking to bounce back from the disappointment of their Champions League exit mid-week following a 2-1 loss to Sevilla at Old Trafford.
Manchester United paid the price for failing to find the net in a goalless draw in Spain in the first leg after Wissam Ben Yedder netted twice in the final 16 minutes of the second leg on Tuesday night.
Jose Mourinho’s side are facing the prospect of ending the Portuguese coach’s second season at Old Trafford without a trophy unless Manchester United can win the FA Cup for the second time in three seasons.
Manchester United have beaten Derby County, Yeovil Town and Huddersfield Town en route to the FA Cup quarter-finals.
Former Liverpool FC striker Owen is backing Manchester United to ease to a comfortable win over Brighton in the FA Cup last-eight clash on Saturday afternoon.
“I think United will be stung by their midweek Champions League defeat, and the criticism of their performance against Sevilla, and expect them to bounce back against Brighton,” Owen told BetVictor.
Owen added: “You have to go back to 1986 for the last time Brighton won an away FA Cup match against top-flight opposition and they may have to wait at least another twelve months to buck that trend.”
Manchester United signed Chile international Alexis Sanchez in a swap deal from Arsenal in the January transfer window to bolster their squad.
The Red Devils are in second place in the Premier League table.