Michael Owen highlights two factors to decide Manchester United v Everton in Premier League

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Michael Owen has his say on Sunday’s Premier League clash between Manchester United and Everton at Old Trafford.

The Premier League clash between Manchester United and Everton at Old Trafford on Sunday will end in a draw.

That’s the opinion of former United striker Michael Owen, who claims that European exertions for the Toffees and absence of a couple of key players for the Red Devils could be decisive factors.

‘Everton took a strong squad to Russia for their Europa League tie on Thursday while United must do without the suspended Wayne Rooney and injured Ander Herrerra for the visit of the Blues on Sunday’, he wrote on Betvictor.com.

‘Not an ideal preparation for either side ahead of such a big game and I was disappointed with the Toffees in the Merseyside derby last weekend despite Phil Jagielka’s wonder strike.

'It wouldn’t surprise me to see the points shared and plenty of goals but if there is to be a winner perhaps Everton might edge it’.

Everton could indeed feel the effects of a long trip to Russia. The Toffees were away at FC Krasnodar in the Europa League on Thursday and played out a 1-1 draw.

United did not have any European commitments in midweek and will be fresh heading into Sunday’s match.

Louis van Gaal’s side's defensive woes continue as there are injury problems, while midfielder Ander Herrera is out with a rib fracture and captain Wayne Rooney is suspended.

But United do still have enough firepower in their squad to get the better of Everton. The likes of Angel di Maria, Radamel Falcao and Robin van Persie can win games on their own.

That said, Everton cannot be written off as manager Roberto Martinez has shown time and time again that he knows how to get wins.

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