Owen is backing it to be another ‘nervous’ and ‘edgy’ atmosphere on Tyneside, however Lawro believes ‘some’ of the fans who stayed away from our last home game with Brighton will return for this one – although I’m not sure why they would after last week’s slaughtering at Leicester!
Firstly, here’s what Owen’s had to say to Bet Victor, backing us to earn a point against Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s out of sorts side:
‘Newcastle failed to have a shot on target in their 5-0 drubbing at the King Power on Sunday although they did play much of the game with 10-men following the red card given to Isaac Hayden.
‘The Magpies are struggling to create opportunities, but I think they will get a draw against Manchester United in what promises to be a nervous, edgy St James’ Park on Sunday.
‘Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side did get a draw at home to Arsenal earlier in the week and there was no lack of effort from the hosts, but they lack the quality that you associate with the club and these are worrying times, arguably, for both these famous clubs.‘
Prediction: Draw and under 1.5 goals
I can see why Owen has gone for ‘under 1.5 goals’ as his tip, with both sides failing to have a single shot on target last time out, with Man Utd struggling once again during a Thursday night stalemate at AZ Alkmaar in the Europa League.
Then to former Match of the Day pundit Mark Lawrenson, who’s had this to say during this week’s prediction piece for the BBC, backing us to come away with a 1-1 draw:
‘Newcastle waved the white flag at Leicester on Sunday.
‘They completely capitulated in the second half and I am sure Magpies manager Steve Bruce will have made it clear to his players this week just how unacceptable that was.
‘I would expect to see a reaction from them, and I also think some of the Newcastle fans who stayed away from their draw with Brighton will be back for this game.
‘Manchester United huffed and puffed their way through their draw with Arsenal on Monday and never really looked like they were good enough to take full control of the game.
‘I understand why United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is saying it is going to take time for his side to turn things around but, as well as having a long-term plan, they need to get back to winning ways soon.‘
Prediction: Newcastle 1-1 Man Utd
So, both are backing draws in what could well be a tight and tense affair between two struggling sides in desperate need of a win.
The question is, would you take a point?
It may have been a decent result in years gone by and many may take it in the position we’re in, however many will be hoping for more (and rightly so!) against a Man Utd side who’ve not won away from home in their last TEN outings..