The Red Devils will take on Premier League rivals West Ham at Old Trafford in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup on Sunday evening.
“The timing of their FA Cup tie against West Ham isn’t great, so soon after their Europa League game at Liverpool on Thursday night, but these competitions are important to United more than ever this season and you have to think Van Gaal will put out his strongest available XI,” former United striker Owen wrote on Colossusbets.com.
“And their home record, conceding just seven goals in 14 league games – they drew 0-0 with West Ham at Old Trafford in December – is obviously impressive.
“But West Ham are a real handful these days, as the likes of Liverpool, Tottenham and Everton can pay testament to in recent weeks, and I’ve settled on another 1-1 score line.”
This is a tough game to call, and in the end it could end in a 1-1 draw as Owen has predicted.
United will be determined to win the match and will consider themselves favourites.
Playing at home will give Louis van Gaal’s side an advantage, while the fans will also be cheering on the players.
West Ham, though, will fancy their chances of winning at Old Trafford, as they are in better form.
Slaven Bilic’s side are taking the FA Cup seriously this season, and the London outfit could take the tie into a replay.
The first goal will be key. If West Ham get it, then there is a chance that they could go on to win the tie.