Michael Owen makes Manchester United v Newcastle prediction ahead of Premier League clash

Michael Owen believes Newcastle will beat Manchester United in their Premier League clash next week
Michael Owen believes Newcastle will beat Manchester United in their Premier League clash next week -Credit:Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images

Newcastle United return to Premier League action this weekend as they look to continue their charge for European football next season.

The Magpies welcome Brighton to St. James' Park on Saturday for their final home game of the 2023/24 campaign. Eddie Howe's side enter week 37 in sixth place on 56 points following their 4-1 victory over Burnley, four points behind Tottenham Hotspur having won four of their previous six games.

But Newcastle know that maximum points in their final three fixtures is a must if they are to secure back-to-back terms in Europe. Both Chelsea and Manchester United are hot on their heels and just two points behind, with Erik ten Hag welcoming the Magpies to Old Trafford next Wednesday.

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The Red Devils face title hopefuls Arsenal in their penultimate home match this season on Sunday, and will want to improve on their showing earlier this week that dented their European hopes. United fell to a 4-0 defeat to Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Monday night.

Manchester United's final home game sees them welcome Newcastle to M16, and it could prove to be a winner takes all encounter for a spot in Europe next season. Howe has already masterminded two victories over ten Hag this term, beating him twice in the space of a month after triumphs in the Premier League and Carabao Cup.

And for former Newcastle and Manchester United striker, Michael Owen, he delivered a grim verdict for the Red Devils ahead of their encounter next week. Speaking to the Geordie Boot Boys, Owen has suggested that the Dutchman may fail to win any of his remaining games at the Old Trafford helm, alluding to a Newcastle victory.