Michael Owen States His Prediction Ahead Of Man Utd vs Liverpool

By on March 15, 2016

Michael Owen has made his prediction ahead of Thursday night’s Europa League second leg tie between Manchester United and Liverpool at Old Trafford.

Jurgen Klopp’s side head in to the game as the heavy favourites to progress to the quarter finals after easing to a 2-0 victory in the first leg at Anfield last Thursday night.

The Reds opened the scoring thanks to a Daniel Sturridge penalty in the first half before Roberto Firminio put the Merseysiders in control with a second after the break.

Liverpool have had a full week to recharge their batteries having not played at the weekend while United needed a late Anthony Martial goal to force a quarter final replay with West Ham on Sunday afternoon.

Louis van Gaal will be hoping for a response from his players on Thursday but former striker Owen doesn’t think United have what it takes to turn things around, as the 36-year-old has backed Liverpool to book their place in the last eight of the Europa League.

Writing in his column on BetVictor, Owen said:

Manchester United v Liverpool

Liverpool arrive at Old Trafford with a two-goal lead after a comfortable defeat of United in the first leg at Anfield and should qualify with the minimum of fuss midweek. I was commentating on United’s FA Cup quarter-final against West Ham at the weekend and was left far from impressed by Louis Van Gaal’s side, who needed a late goal from striker Anthony Martial to earn a replay at Upton Park. With their two-goal cushion the Reds should advance to the next round at the expense of their most fierce rivals.

Michael’s recommendation; Both Teams to Score at 5/6 with BetVictor

Defeat on Thursday would leave van Gaal under huge pressure to at least finish in the top four this season in order to save his job as losing to their fierce north-west rivals could be the final straw for some disgruntled supporters.

United currently sit sixth in the Premier League table and four points adrift of fourth-placed Man City so the pressure is certainly on the Dutchman to try and salvage something from this season.

On the flip-side, it would be a huge boost to Liverpool if they can secure their place in the last eight and Klopp’s men would be one of the favourites to go all the way in the competition.

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