Michael Owen has been speaking ahead of Saturday’s match at Old St James Park.
In the last round of games, Owen predicted a dour 1-0 victory for Man Utd over Newcastle.
Whilst the game did have a one goal winning margin, the match was anything but boring.
Newcastle going two up, only for Man Utd to score three times in the final 20 minutes as Rafa’s team tired and the relative strengths of the two benches came into play.
Michael Owen wonders though what would have happened if at 2-0 up and Jonjo Shelvey whips in a free-kick: ‘Had referee Anthony Taylor been looking at the ball, and not what was happening in the penalty area, then Newcastle would likely have been 3-0 up at halftime.’
That would have almost certainly finished off Man Utd and it was gutting that such an obvious hand ball/penalty wasn’t given.
As for this coming Saturday though, Michael Owen has returned once again to a low key forecast, believing it will be a low scoring 0-0 or 1-1 draw.
That would suit Brighton far more than Newcastle, leaving the Seagulls with nine points after nine games, whilst it would ensure that Newcastle stayed in the relegation zone.
Newcastle scored twice at Old Trafford, the first time this season they have managed more than one goal.
Catching the eye in that game for Michael Owen was Yoshinori Muto and he is looking forward to seeing whether the Japanese international can build on that promise.
With hopes of Salomon Rondon potentially being back as well, Newcastle may suddenly have some goalscoring options in the nick of time.
Michael Owen talking to BetVictor:
“Had referee Anthony Taylor been looking at the ball, and not what was happening in the penalty area, then Newcastle would likely have been 3-0 up at halftime at Old Trafford last time.
“It wasn’t meant to be, however, but I thought the Magpies played some terrific football in the first 45 minutes.
“I was particularly impressed with Yoshinori Muto against Manchester United and am looking forward to seeing more of the Japanese striker.
“I appreciate it is early days, but it was a very favourable first impression.
“United have, however, lost their first four home games this season and were disappointing against Leicester last time.
“They may have to settle for a point in a low-scoring game against the resilient Seagulls.
“Tip: Under 2.5 goals (in the match) at 4/7.”
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