The former United striker made the prediction following the Red Devils’ 2-0 defeat to Liverpool away from home at Anfield in the first leg of the Europa League last-16 tie on Thursday evening.
Pretty fair result at Anfield. The tie is still just about alive but on tonight's evidence, United's season is all but over.— michael owen (@themichaelowen) March 10, 2016
The tie is still alive but only just, as United will have to produce their best performance of the season next week in order to go through to the quarter-finals of the Europa League.
The United faithful at Old Trafford will be doing their best to motivate the team, but a 2-0 lead for Liverpool means that Jurgen Klopp’s side are favourites.
Van Gaal’s side still have a chance of breaking into the top four of the Premier League this season, though.
It looks unlikely at the moment, but if United can put together a run of positive results, then they could give themselves a good chance of finishing in the Champions League places.