For the first time in decades, Liverpool are strong favourites to win at Old Trafford. The Reds are 8 points ahead at the top of the league whilst Man United are 12th in the table with just 9 points. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has a tough task on his hands as he welcomes the champions of Europe this weekend, the Red Devils will be sweating over fitness tests for Luke Shaw, Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial, whilst David de Gea limped off against Sweden on Tuesday night. With the odds against the Lancashire side, Michael Owen has tipped Liverpool to beat Man United on Sunday.
Michael Owen is a divisive figure in Liverpool/United folklore. The former Ballon d’Or winner broke into the Reds first team as a teenage sensation before he was snapped up by Real Madrid. The retired striker’s career was blighted by injury, he eventually moved to Newcastle and, later, Manchester United. Owen famously scored a last minute winner in the Manchester derby.
Writing in his BetVictor blog, Owen said “Jurgen Klopp’s side have ridden their luck in recent weeks, but I expect them to have too much pace and aggression for this United side”. The former England international isn’t wrong when he highlights pace and aggression as a decisive factor, one look at Solskjaer’s defeat against Newcastle will tell you that United struggle against a quick attack. Allan Saint-Maximin terrorised the Red Devils’ backline whenever he charged at them.
Winning at Old Trafford on Sunday will see Liverpool equal the Premier League’s all time consecutive win streak, matching Man City’s 18 game run in the 2017/18 season. Fingers crossed that Owen has picked the right side this time, with Solskjaer’s side so disconsolate at the minute and hampered by injuries, it won’t take much for Liverpool to beat Man United.