In the battle of the TWO Uniteds, Michael Owen has been giving us the benefit of his expert opinion.

Reflecting on the fact that Newcastle have only won one of their last 25 (though I make it that it’s actuall even worse – one in 31!) top level matches at Old Trafford, Owen doesn’t give the black and whites much chance.

He believes that Man Utd’s display against Club Brugge suggested they were starting to show something more, after two largely unconvincing 1-0 wins over Tottenham and Aston Villa.

In his column for BetVictor he doesn’t give any critique on Newcastle’s form so far but points to the fact that they have lost the last seven matches in a row.

He fails to add that to make it even worse, Newcastle have only scored one goal in those seven away trips and that was a fluke by Emmanuel Riviere – hitting his standing foot with his shot and it ending up confusing the keeper.

Tipping the outcome, Michael Owen suggests backing Manchester United to win to nil, which based on the above info is hard to argue against.

On this basis surely Steve McClaren and his players have nothing to lose and as we look incapable of keeping a clean sheet, why not go out there and do everything to score the first goal to try and shake them up.

Michael Owen Verdict

Manchester United v Newcastle United

“(Manchester) United have only lost one of their last 25 games in top-tier football with Newcastle and I thought the Red Devils looked to be running into form in the Champions League earlier in the week.

“The Magpies have lost their last seven PL games on the road and I would be surprised if they took anything away from Old Trafford.”

Michael Owen’s  predicted outcome: (Manchester) United to win to nil at 5/4

(See the predicted Newcastle team HERE)

Match Betting:

Newcastle to win 17/2 – Wijnaldum to score first goal 15/1Score to be 1-1 at half-time 9/1

See all the Manchester United v Newcastle United match betting HERE

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