Michael Owen is annoying enough at the best of times…
However, this time it is as though he has made an extra effort to annoy on this occasion.
Looking at the Newcastle United v Manchester United match this coming Sunday, he points out that Jose Mourinho has never won a Premier League match at St James Park.
Which is a fair point. The ‘Special One’ having made six visits with Chelsea, losing three, drawing three, and winning none.
To level up that stat though, Michael Owen also points out that Man Utd have won more Premier League matches at St James Park than at any other club, 12 in total.
I don’t even mind Michael Owen predicting that Mourinho’s team are going to win this one, after all he predicts defeat for Newcastle United pretty much every week.
However, I do draw the line at him repeatedly using the term ‘United’, especially when he talks about the fact he was at both ‘Uniteds’ in his playing career.
If he learned anything when picking up four years of massive wages at St James Park and giving next to nothing back, it should at least have been the fact that we, Newcastle United, are United. Yes there are others and we don’t mind others also being called it, but it really is taking the…Michael, when using it for the Mancs when they are playing us.
As we all know, Newcastle United has been our name since 1892, whilst it was only in the 20th century (1902) when Manchester United were given their ‘United’.
I honestly can’t stand the money grabbing little…so and so, who couldn’t wait to get out of St James Park after he’d hardly lifted a foot to try and prevent relegation in 2008/09.
As for Sunday’s game, it will be really tough, and Man Utd winning six of their last seven games without conceding a goal (the exception was losing 2-0 at Spurs) shows the scale of the task.
Whoever manages the Old Trafford outfit tends to always put out their strongest team against Newcastle and I can’t see that changing this weekend, especially with them not playing until the following weekend afterwards.
Michael Owen speaking to BetVictor:
Can Newcastle ‘United’ get anything? Well, you have to think that the team will have to be near their best and also for Slimani to come in on his debut and along with Kenedy, give NUFC some extra cutting edge.
“Newcastle United v Manchester United
“Two of my former clubs go head-to-head and I feel United will take the points at a ground where they have won more away PL games (12) than at any other club.
“The Magpies are without a win in their last eight PL home games but, surprisingly, Jose Mourinho has never won a league game at St James Park in six previous attempts.
“Paul Pogba was left out of the United side against Huddersfield at Old Trafford last weekend but I expect the Frenchman to be back in the starting XI and a winning side at the weekend.
“Tip: United to win at 4/6.”
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