OWEN BACKS IBRAHIMOVIC AGAINST EVERTON

Pundit Michael Owen is backing Manchester United star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic to be the difference when the Red Devils play the Toffees in the Premier League.


The former Swede served his three match suspension following his display in the game against Bournemouth. The former PSG striker is expected to return to the line-up ahead of the game.

Ibrahimovic scored in the 1-1 draw in December and Owen is backing him to prove his worth this time again. It is an away game for Everton but manager Ronald Koeman is known to get the result even at Old Trafford.

Koeman is bidding to be the first manager in the league to win three away matches at Old Trafford, from his time at Southampton. Everton were disappointing in the game against Liverpool on Saturday where they lost 3-1.

“Everton have only won once in their last twenty-three league games at Old Trafford and United can welcome back Zlatan Ibrahimovic from suspension. The Swede might be the difference between the sides,” Owen opined.

Ibrahimovic has scored 26 goals this season and the tally would go up before the season ends. He is expected to lead the attack as United host Everton.

On the Liverpool vs. Bournemouth clash, Owen predicted an easy win for The Reds. Both sides are playing on Wednesday night unlike United-Everton that is Tuesday night. Owen says the confidence from the Everton victory would help them physiologically against the team that clipped them 3-4 at Dean Court in December.

Liverpool are in third place on the Premier League standings – with a match advantage – due to the three victories in four games they have. Bournemouth on the other hand have gone five games without wins or losses. They seem to be over the relegation threat and they would likely frustrate Liverpool to another draw.

“[Liverpool] will be keen to avenge their 4-3 loss at Bournemouth earlier in the season when they led 3-1 with just fifteen minutes to play. I do not expect to see any slip up from Jurgen Kloop’s side against the Cherries,” Owen predicted.