Michael Owen fears that we may have to settle for a point ahead of Saturday’s crucial clash with Brighton – but admits that he’s looking forward to seeing more of Yoshinori Muto after he ‘particularly impressed’ him last time out.
The former NUFC striker has bemoaned Anthony Taylor’s decision not to give a penalty in the 3-2 defeat at Old Trafford last time out, however he has praised us for playing some ‘terrific football’ in the opening 45 minutes of the game two weeks ago.
That being said, he’s only backing us to get a draw this weekend – a result that would be bound to frustrate – but it’s good to see him giving Muto some well deserved praise after his impressive Premier League debut at Man Utd:
“Had referee Anthony Taylor been looking at the ball, and not what was happening in the penalty area, then Newcastle would likely have been 3-0 up at halftime at Old Trafford last time. It wasn’t meant to be, however, but I thought the Magpies played some terrific football in the first 45 minutes.
“I was particularly impressed with Yoshinori Muto against Manchester United and am looking forward to seeing more of the Japanese striker. I appreciate it is early days, but it was a very favourable first impression.
“United have, however, lost their first four home games this season and were disappointing against Leicester last time.
“They may have to settle for a point in a low-scoring game against the resilient Seagulls.”
Muto hobbled off in the second half at Old Trafford, but he’s been pictured in training over the past few days and looks set to be fine to face Brighton tomorrow.
Let’s hope Rafa gives him the nod and that we see him causing havoc once again – something I’d back him to do against Dunk and Duffy, with his pace and energy likely to cause the 6ft 4′ duo real problems.
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