Former England international Michael Owen suggests Manchester United will drop to the Europa Conference League after predicting wins for Crystal Palace and West Ham United.
Man United are currently occupying the 6th position in the Premier League but things could change when they face Palace at Selhurst Park and West Ham take a trip to Brighton on Sunday afternoon.
Manchester United need a win over The Eagles to ensure their qualification to the Europa League. A draw wouldn’t be enough for United, given the goal difference between them and David Moyes’ side but this would only be an issue for The Reds if The Hammers beat Brighton.
Should United fail to get something off Patrice Vieira’s side this evening, then Ralf Rangnick would rely on Brighton to avoid losing against The Hammers at Amex.
Cristiano Ronaldo, Man United’s top goalscorer, would miss the game with a hip flexor injury and Owen has suggested that Manchester United would drop to the 7th position after predicting that Palace would get a tight win over The Red Devils and West Ham to leapfrog United with a narrow win at Brighton.
“I’m not sure what happened to Palace in the second half at Goodison,” Owen said via Metro. “They looked in total control, but Everton came back. Still, there were positives to take from the game and they again showed how dangerous a side they can be.
“United haven’t played in a couple of weeks, I’m not sure what to expect. The last away trip was a disaster against Brighton, I don’t think we’ll see much improvement here. For United, they’ll just be wanting to get the season finished and start a new era under ten Hag.
“I fancy Palace here. The atmosphere will be great, and they’ll want to end what’s been a great season in style.”
Owen’s prediction: Crystal Palace 2-1 Manchester United
On Brighton’s clash against West Ham United, Michel Owen added: “I thought West Ham played really well last week against City, with Jarrod Bowen again being the star.
“I’ve mentioned him a lot this season, he gets better and better. He’s a very composed finisher, and he’s always a threat.
“There’s not going to be too much in this game, but I fancy West Ham to edge it.”
Owen’s prediction: Brighton 0-1 West Ham