Michael Owen makes Manchester United and Newcastle predictions ahead of pivotal Champions League clashes
Posted by  badge Boss on Dec 11, 2023 - 10:37PM
Michael Owen previously played for both Newcastle and Man Utd (Photo: Getty)

Michael Owen has backed to qualify for the knockouts but believes it is the end of the road for .

Both the Magpies and the Red Devils which will determine whether they’ll continue playing in Europe this season.

A shocking campaign has left United bottom of their group and in order to progress they must beat at Old Trafford on Tuesday and hope that Copenhagen vs ends in a draw.

As for Newcastle, they host AC Milan on Wednesday with both sides needing to win to stand any chance of qualification, and they also need to fail to beat Borussia Dortmund.

It’ll be a very tough task for both Premier League sides who are struggling for form and with injuries, but Owen believes that one of his former clubs stands a good chance of making it to the round of 16.

Speaking to BoyleSports, who offer the latest , the legendary striker said: ‘Newcastle were incredibly unlucky not to get the three points against Paris.

‘Everybody is unanimous in that not being a handball and they were very unlucky to concede. It put a completely different complexion on the game.

Champions League odds:

To qualify from Champions League Group A:

Bayern Munich already qualified

FC Copenhagen – 4/5

Galatasaray – 11/8

Man Utd – 8/1

To qualify from Champions League Group F:

Borussia Dortmund already qualified

PSG – 4/9

Newcastle – 9/5

AC Milan – 11/1

Odds courtesy of

‘Having said that, Newcastle are still in with a strong chance of qualifying. I’d fancy them at home against considering their support and momentum.

‘Their injury situation is a big dilemma and you have to feel sorry for them. They’re making such a good fist of the and with half a squad – it’s incredible.

‘I fancy them to win at home, and you wouldn’t be 100% sure that Paris will go to Dortmund and win. Newcastle still have a good chance, but they would have had an even bigger one had the penalty not been given!’

As for United, they face Bayern, a side that has not lost a UCL group game for six years, off the back of a , and Owen can’t see much hope for Erik ten Hag’s men.

He added: ‘I can’t see qualifying. I don’t think they’re good enough. I want all the English teams to do well, but I just don’t think Man United have done well enough to reach the next round.

‘The result has to go their way as they’ve had opportunities to win. I think it’ll be too difficult for them, and I don’t think they will qualify.’

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