Michael Owen predicts Liverpool v Manchester United

Liverpool and Manchester United will face each other in the Europa League on Thursday.

Michael Owen has predicted on Betvictor.com that Liverpool will win against Manchester United this week.

Liverpool will take on Premier League rivals United in the first leg of the Europa League last-16 tie at Anfield on Thursday evening.

Former England international striker Owen, who played for both Liverpool and United, has backed the Merseyside outfit to win the game.

“The clubs are meeting for the first time in European competition and it is the first all-English clash in the UEFA Cup/Europa League since Liverpool v Spurs back in 1973,” the former Newcastle United striker wrote on Betvictor.com.

“Liverpool have lost their last four matches against United but I expect them to buck that trend at Anfield on Thursday and expect to see Jurgen Klopp’s side take a lead into next week’s second leg at Old Trafford.”

A footnote added: “Michael’s recommendation: Liverpool to win at 11/10.”

Liverpool are in decent form at the moment, and their performances have been encouraging.

The fact that the game is at Anfield will also be of advantage to the Reds, who got the better of Crystal Palace 2-1 away from home at Selhurst Park in the Premier League at the weekend.

United, though, will know what to expect at Anfield, and one suspects that manager Louis van Gaal will be happy with a draw.

Just like Liverpool, the Red Devils need to take the Europa League seriously, as it gives them an alternative route to the 2016-17 Champions League campaign.

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