Michael Owen has been speaking ahead of Saturday’s match at Old Trafford.
Last week he predicted a point for Newcastle United in an entertaining draw.
Well the only entertainment was experienced by the Leicester fans, as Jonjo Shelvey’s attempt from 60 yards was NUFC’s only attempt on target.
Much has been made of a ‘nightmare’ start to the season by Man Utd but everything is relative.
Jose Mourinho’s team may not have won at home since the opening day of the season but they are 10th in the Premier League and have four points from their first two Champions League group games.
Four wins in all competitions and 15 goals scored, compared to winless Newcastle in the Premier League and only managing five goals in all competitions.
Man Utd fans question Mourino’s team selection and on Tuesday the likes of Lindelof, Mata, Martial and Fred were left on the bench, that quartet alone having cost £180m.
Some Newcastle fans question Rafa’s team selections but struggle to make a convincing case why anybody left out could do any better.
Man Utd struggled to create chances (only four on target) against Valencia and the previous two home games saw them lose to Championship Derby in the League Cup and draw 1–1 with Wolves. This gives Newcastle encouragement but can they find a goal, or even goals, from the options available?
With Dummett and Fernandez back in training it gives hope of a tighter defensive display than we saw against Leicester but Man Utd are surely going to look at this as a game they can attack, especially with so little pace up front for the visitors.
As Michael Owen points out, Newcastle have only won once in their last 36 visits, Cabaye scoring the winner back in 2013.
Now out on loan, Dwight Gayle gave Newcastle the lead last season before a collapse that saw Man Utd win 4-1, Jamaal Lascelles missing that day.
However, Michael Owen predicts a poor game with only one goal in it – for Man Utd.
If Newcastle could find a goal then the crowd would certainly give the home side a hard time, maybe the day some luck (and goals) comes Rafa’s way?
Michael Owen talking to BetVictor:
“A big week for Manchester United who entertained Valencia in the Champions League midweek ahead of the visit of the Magpies.
“The visitors are yet to win in the PL this season and were disappointing against Leicester City at St James’s Park at the weekend
“Newcastle have only won one of their last 36 games at Old Trafford and they are continuing to struggle in front of goal.
“I don’t expect to see a goal-fest at the weekend but feel the hosts will just do enough to keep the points in a tight, tense affair.
Manchester United v Newcastle United Match Betting:
NUFC win 3-1 90/1 – Ritchie to score first goal 19/1 – Luke Shaw first to get a card 17/1
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