Former Liverpool striker, Michael Owen, has predicted that Manchester United will beat Arsenal when both teams clash in the Premier League on Saturday evening at Emirates.
Owen also backed Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City to defeat Sheffield United at the Etihad Stadium.
Providing his predictions, Owen told BetVictor: “This is a fixture that always fills the column inches, and that will be no different ahead of this weekend’s clash.
“Arsenal have turned the corner after being so poor before the turn of the year and United could do no wrong until their huge slip up at home to Sheffield United.
“That said, it is away from Old Trafford where I have been most impressed with Manchester United. If they can employ similar tactics as they did home and away against Liverpool, I think they could nick this on the break.
“Marcus Rashford is so hard to pick up when United are on the counter-attack, and if he’s in the same form as he was in the FA Cup against Liverpool, I can see him getting on the scoresheet. Arsenal 1, Manchester United 2.”
Speaking on the Manchester City vs Sheffield United game, Owen said, “Like most of us, I didn’t expect Sheffield United to go to Old Trafford and win. The Blades were really suffering from a lack of confidence at the start of the season; however, we’re starting to see glimpses of the side that did so well last year.
“Have they left it too late to get out of trouble? I think they may have done, but it’ll be very interesting to follow Chris Wilder’s side from here on in.
“After a win at Old Trafford, there would usually be the hope of carrying that form into the next game. Unfortunately for the Blades, it’s Manchester City up next.
“Title contenders City are really gathering momentum. They are swiping aside anyone that crosses their path, and with such a hectic playing schedule, Pep’s rotation system is now paying dividends.
“City are playing some sumptuous stuff, and I just can’t see Sheffield United making it back-to-back wins in Manchester. Manchester City 4, Sheffield United 0.”
The kick-off time for Arsenal vs Man United is 6:30 pm, while that of Man City vs Sheffield United is 4 pm.
LaLiga: Why David Luiz did not join Real Madrid after leaving Arsenal
Real Madrid manager, Carlo Ancelotti, was keen to bring David Luiz to the club this summer, but the club never tabled an offer for the player, Globo reports.
Ancelotti is believed to have made contact with Luiz, who he worked together with at Chelsea.
The 34-year-old became a free agent this summer, having seen his contract with Arsenal expire at the end of June.
However, he has now returned to his native Brazil to sign with Flamengo, putting pen to paper on a 15-month contract.
It ended Luiz’s 15-year playing career in Europe.
But things would have been different if Madrid presented an offer for the experienced centre back.
The LaLiga giants allowed captain Sergio Ramos leave this summer, while Raphael Varane signed for Manchester United.
David Alaba arrived at the Bernabeu on a free transfer over the summer, but the La Liga giants are said to be determined to bring another centre-back to the club in 2022.
Serie A: Mourinho’s Roma tipped to win title
Former Inter Milan president, Massimo Moratti, has said Roma are title contenders under new manager Jose Mourinho.
Mourinho won the Treble at Inter Milan under Moratti during his first spell in Italy.
According to Moratti, his return to Serie A makes Roma one of the teams to watch out for.
“I follow the league with great attention.
“Mourinho has revived the competition, he started very well.
“Serie A has one more team, Roma, who will aim for the title. Someone like Mourinho is not aiming for third place,” Moratti said.
Mourinho only joined Roma this year, after he was sacked as Tottenham Hotspur manager.
2022 WORLD CUP Salah Among Absentees as African Qualifying Resumes
Africa’s second round of qualifying for the 2022 World Cup is set to kick off with some notable absentees – Mohamed Salah, among them – after the refusal of British clubs to release players for various matches.
Premier League clubs have led the way in refusing permission for players to head to countries on the British government’s Covid red list, which would require 10 days of quarantine upon their return.
With Egypt one of 17 African countries on the red list, Liverpool superstar Salah will miss this week’s home match against Angola in Cairo but could play in Gabon, which is not on the list, next week.
Quarantine conditions meant he could have been one of several internationals to miss multiple games, said Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp.
“As clubs we cannot do that – not only because we play games in that time, but because without being positive (for coronavirus) they lose 10 days of training,” he said.
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