Talking to BetVictor, Michael Owen has made his weekly predictions for the Premier League.
The former Magpie and Red Devil has selected Manchester United for a 2-1 win on Boxing day over Newcastle. This was his prediction in full.
United need to bounce back after a horror show at Vicarage Road although the game did signal the return of Paul Pogba who came off the bench and looked fit and sharp on his return from injury.
I expect the French international to start against a Newcastle side who are unbeaten in eight at home but who continue to struggle to create opportunities on the road. Steve Bruce has done an excellent job in getting his side into the top half of the table at Christmas and they will leapfrog Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side with a win at Old Trafford.
We didn’t expect that Michael Owen would pick Newcastle to win at Old Trafford. Last weekend, he had us down for a 1-1 draw against Crystal Palace. He was incorrect in the result, but was accurate that both sides would struggle for goals.
This time he has Man U eeking out a close victory after their poor display at Watford last weekend. We also expect that Paul Pogba will get his first start since September.
While our home form is excellent, our recent away form has been a bit inconsistent. Though it’s been far from dire. We have won two and lost two in our last four while we’ve scored five and conceded five.
Our struggle to create opportunities, as Michael puts it, is not limited to just away matches. It’s something that we are likely to have to contend for the rest of the season.
Most pundits seem to think we’ll lose at Old Trafford. That seems to be the safe pick to make.
However, we’ve not been very impressed with Manchester United this season. While they have the quality to take all three points, we think Newcastle will have the determination to do the same.