Michael Owen predicts Manchester United v Burnley

Michael Owen looks ahead to Wednesday’s Premier League clash between Manchester United and Burnley.

Michael Owen has written on Betvictor.com that Manchester United were “very ordinary” against West Ham United on Sunday.

The Red Devils played out a 1-1 draw with the Hammers at the Boleyn Ground in the Premier League.

West Ham took the lead four minutes into the second half through a sublime volley from Cheikhou Kouyate.

United appeared to be heading towards an away defeat when Daley Blind popped up in the third minute of injury time to score the equaliser.

Louis van Gaal’s side’s performance against the Hammers was disappointing, although they did end the game with 59% possession, 18 shots of which six were on target, and nine corners.

Owen, a former United striker, was not impressed with the Manchester outfit’s display, but he has backed them to return to winning ways against 17th-placed Burnley at Old Trafford on Wednesday.

“United were very ordinary against West Ham and a shade fortunate, on the balance of play, to come away with a share of the spoils,” the 35-year-old wrote on Betvictor.com.

“That said they face a Clarets side who continue to shoot themselves in the foot and have not won at Old Trafford since September 1962!”

A footnote added: "Michael’s recommendation: United to lead at halftime and fulltime at 17/20".

Do performances matter?

United’s performances under Van Gaal have not been convincingly, but do they really matter as long as they get the results and finish in the top four of the Premier League this season?

The Dutchman’s main aim this campaign is to make sure that the Red Devils achieve Champions League qualification for the 2015-16 campaign.

As long as Van Gaal is able to deliver that, the season should be termed a success.

However, there is so far a team can go by playing badly and picking up points. Even though United are winning games at the moment, they need to strive for better performances.

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