Ex-Manchester United striker Michael Owen doesn’t expect his former club to come away with any points when they travel to face rivals City at the Etihad this evening.
Pep Guardiola’s side are on a 21 match winning streak and Owen can’t see how the Red Devils will be able to keep their opponent’s irresistible attack at bay:
“I expect United to be pinned back from the outset. Ole will hope his side can utilise their excellent counter-attack and I believe it’s likely they’ll score. However, I just can’t see them keeping City out and think this will be the end of Manchester United’s magnificent away run.”
Owen has gone for a 3-1 win to City, which isn’t a surprising prediction, considering the form of the two sides heading into the derby tonight.
United have been rather inconsistent since the New Year, having recently drawn a blank against Crystal Palace, while, as we have already mentioned, City have been making light work of every team they have played against in recent months.
Derbies don’t always go by the form book, though, and United showed last season that they can upset the odds by exploiting their opponent’s weaknesses on the counter-attack. Whether it will be enough to pick up a point or even three, we shall see.