Manchester United may have suffered a spectacular collapse against Leicester City at the King Power Stadium last weekend, but Michael Owen expects the Red Devils to ease past West Ham United on Saturday.
In fact, the former United and Liverpool striker claims that he would be ‘shocked’ if Louis van Gaal’s side don’t pick up maximum points in the Premier League clash at Old Trafford.
‘United have scored seven in their last two PL games and are beginning to look a decent attacking unit but their defensive frailties resurfaced at the King Power last weekend’, the 34-year-old wrote on Betvictor.com.
‘The Hammers were excellent against Liverpool on Saturday, have scored five in their last two PL away games and it would be no surprise to see them find the back of the net at Old Trafford.
‘That said I would be shocked if United didn’t get back to winning ways in another game that promises goals’.
It would be hard to disagree with Owen’s prediction of the match. Indeed, United head into the clash as favourites and will be expected to pick up maximum points.
Last weekend’s stunning 5-3 defeat has been well documented, but it is unlikely that United will suffer a similar upset again anytime soon.
Although much has been made about the Manchester outfit’s defensive problems against the Foxes, conceding four goals in the space of just 21 minutes was probably a one-off.
However, United will still be vulnerable against the Hammers on Saturday, given the injuries they have and the suspension of Tyler Blackett, who was sent off against Leicester.
Do West Ham have a chance of pulling off a shock win at Old Trafford? Of course, they do, but United are unlikely to slip up for the second successive game.