Ex-Manchester United striker Michael Owen is expecting Manchester City to come out on top in the derby tomorrow evening.
While the Red Devils have had some joy at the Etihad in the past, Owen can’t see anything other than a comfortable home victory for Pep Guardiola’s side:
“City weren’t at their best against Everton, but they did what champions do, and that was to win the game. I’ve got to talk about Grealish’s goal against Peterborough in the FA Cup. I’m not sure what was better, the pass from Foden or the first touch from Grealish. Absolutely superb. This is a huge few weeks for United, they’ve got some tough games on the way. They’ve had a habit in recent seasons of getting positive results at the Etihad, but I can’t see it this season. City will be too strong, too focused for United here and they’ll control this game.”
Owen has gone with a 3-1 win to City, which is a pretty generous prediction from a former United player. It is not surprising, though, considering the form of the two teams.
While they have had some dodgy results recently, the Citizens have only lost twice at home all season, while United have only won six of their 13 away games.
Manager Ralf Rangnick may have picked up some good results since his arrival back in November but the German has admitted that he has struggled to impose an identity on his team, with performances being far from convincing.
If City turn up and perform anywhere close to their best, then they should be able to secure the three points tomorrow.