Michael Owen has backed his former club Manchester United to win against Southampton in the Premier League today.
United will head into the clash at Old Trafford placed third in the league table with 37 points from 20 matches, while the Saints are a point behind them in fourth.
Louis van Gaal’s side have made a positive start to the New Year, drawing 1-1 with Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium in the league before defeating Yeovil Town 2-0 away from home in the third round of the FA Cup.
Owen, a former United striker, expects the Red Devils to pick up all three points today.
“Much as I admire the Saints the hosts are unbeaten in their last ten in the PL and have won eight and lost none of their last nine PL home games under Louis van Gaal,” the 35-year-old wrote on Betvictor.com.
“United were a shade fortunate to win the reverse fixture but I expect them to maintain their Champions League challenge at Old Trafford where Southampton have not won in the league since 1988.’
United will indeed be considered favourites by many, but it would not be very wise to write off Southampton, who are very much in the running for a top-four finish in the Premier League this season.
The Saints defeated Arsenal 2-0 at home on New Year’s Day and help Chelsea to a 1-1 draw at St. Mary’s Stadium last month.
Koeman’s team certainly have the potential to pick up at least a point at Old Trafford today.