Michael Owen and Sky Sports pundit predict Crystal Palace v Manchester United

Michael Owen

Crystal Palace and Manchester United will face each other in the FA Cup final on Saturday.

Former Newcastle United striker Michael Owen has predicted on Colossusbets.com that Manchester United will win against Crystal Palace this weekend.

The Red Devils will take on Premier League rivals Palace at the Wembley Stadium in London in the final of the FA Cup on Saturday evening.

Former United striker Owen has backed Louis van Gaal’s side to win the match, and so has ex-Arsenal forward and Sky Sports pundit Charlie Nicholas.

“There are few things that fans, and players, enjoy better than lifting a trophy at Wembley and I reckon United can see off Palace 2-1 in 90 minutes,” Owen wrote on Colossusbets.com.

“Like most Premier League teams, Palace can be a match for everyone on their day – they have beaten four Premier League sides en route to the final – but I think United will just have too much for them,” added the former Liverpool striker.

“I don't think it will be as one-sided a final as some are expecting,” Nicholas wrote on Skysports.com. “For as much as United might dominate possession, I can't see them having it all their own way and Palace have dangerous players.”

“I do see United getting the job done though and their fans might even be treated to a few goals again!” added the former Celtic forward. “Wayne Rooney is looking fresh now, and Martial has developed into a real match winner.”

A footnote added: “Charlie predicts: Man Utd to win 3-1 and Rooney to score first.”

United have a much better team than Palace, but in an FA Cup final anything is possible.

The Red Devils will head into Saturday evening’s game high on confidence and as favourites to win.

If Van Gaal’s side score first, especially in the opening 15 or 20 minutes, then it is hard to see Palace launch a successful comeback.

Palace do have some good footballers, and manager Alan Pardew will be keen for them to play to the best of their ability against the biggest club of England.

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