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Michael Owen makes Manchester United Champions League prediction

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Manchester United return to Champions League action against Istanbul Basaksehir this evening, looking for revenge following a surprise defeat in the reverse fixture last time out.

A win in Turkey would have put on the brink of securing their spot in the knockout stages of the competition but the loss means there is still work to be done.

Group H is delicately poised, with United and RB Leipzig both sat on six points while Istanbul Basaksehir and Paris Saint-Germain have three apiece.

With 12 points enough to mathematically guarantee a spot in the Round of 16 stage next year, United will be keen to get a victory in what is, on paper at least, their easiest group-stage match remaining on the schedule.


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While United suffered a shock result last time out, their last Champions League game at home finished 5-0 in their favour against Leipzig.

Former United striker Michael Owen is confident that a similar performance can be witness and is backing United for a 2-0 win.

“I was covering Manchester United’s home match against West Brom and it wasn’t pretty. United huffed and puffed and finally got their 1-0 win but West Brom were unlucky not to get a point,” he told BetVictor.

“If travelling Istanbul Basaksehir watched the match, it will only give them hope that they can get something here.

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Manchester United ground out a 1-0 win over West Brom to finally notch a victory at home in the Premier League this season.

It wasn’t pretty but it means two successive wins for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side, who have to balance league and Champions League commitments over a busy period in the coming weeeks.

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“That said, winning is never a bad thing and United come into this having won both matches since their defeat to their upcoming opponents in Turkey.

“United had a great result in their last UEFA Champions League match at Old Trafford when they thumped Leipzig 5-0, and if they can find that type of performance again, they should pick up a valuable 3 points.”

Victory against the Turkish side would extend the win streak in all competitions to three matches, providing a much-needed boost in confidence.

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