Owen makes Manchester derby prediction

Former Manchester United striker Michael Owen thinks that his old side are able to take something away from this evening’s Manchester derby.

United host City at Old Trafford in a game that will have massive implications in both the title race and the race for the top four.

After Manchester United‘s humiliation at the hands of Everton at the weekend, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is calling on his players to show a reaction, although they will probably need to win all of their remaining games to scrape into the top four.

Meanwhile, Pep Guardiola’s side know that anything other than a victory will hand the Premier League title race initiative to Liverpool, with the Citizens currently sitting two points behind, with tonight’s game being their game in hand.

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As part of his analysis for this weeks midweek football fixtures, Michael Owen feels that the Red Devils will manage to hold the champions to a 2-2 draw, and hence hand the advantage to one of his other previous clubs.

“City have only lost one of their last seven league visits to Old Trafford but United badly need to bounce back after their abject display at Goodison Park on Sunday,” Owen wrote in The Metro.

“All at the club will be hurting after their 4-0 defeat at Everton but they have the ideal opportunity on Wednesday to put the record straight – they certainly cannot play as badly again.

“City must do without Kevin De Bruyne – injured against Spurs at the weekend – which is a huge loss for the champions, but I expect to see opportunities and goals at both ends.

“United are unbeaten in their last 14 home league games but have kept just the two clean sheets in the league this season. This is a massive game for both teams and one which, I feel, could be pivotal in the destiny of the 2018/19 Premier League title.”

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