Ex-Liverpool and Manchester United striker Michael Owen is backing a surprise result when his two former teams face each other in the FA Cup tomorrow.
Despite Jurgen Klopp side’s shock home defeat to Burnley on Thursday, Owen still thinks that the Reds could win at Old Trafford. He believes United’s attempts to play more offensively may play into their opponent’s hands:
“Last week’s match was a highly tactical affair and out of the two teams, United would’ve probably been happier after 90 minutes. Now in the cup, I think this could pan out differently. With United at home, I don’t think they’ll be willing to give up as much territory to Liverpool as they did at Anfield. If that materialises and United truly have a go, it could leave the door wide open for Liverpool to capitalise on the counter. With that in mind, I reckon Liverpool will get through by the narrowest of margins.”
Owen has gone for a 2-1 win for Liverpool, which is a questionable prediction, considering the two sides’ current form. The Premier League champions have scored just once in their last five league games so expecting them to score two against a solid United backline is rather optimistic.
Of course, cup competitions can spring surprise results, and you cannot rule out Klopp’s side turning up and making a game of things as they look to react to some poor recent results.
Even if that is the case, though, this should be a tight affair and United will be favourites to progress to the fifth round of the competition.