Michael Owen makes prediction for Manchester United vs Chelsea

MICHAEL OWEN does not expect to see a goal-fest at Old Trafford when Manchester United face Chelsea.

The Blues visit on Sunday (2.05pm), and a win for Antonio Conte’s side will put them level on points with second-placed United.

Chelsea beat the Red Devils 1-0 at Stamford Bridge back in November.

But both teams have endured a rocky patch of late and been far from prolific in front of goal compared to the likes of Manchester City and Liverpool.

United have struggled to adapt to the arrival of Alexis Sanchez so far, while Chelsea played without a striker against Barcelona this week.

Willian was the Blues’ standout performer in their Champions League tie.

And Owen feels he and Hazard are Conte’s best hope of getting one over on rival Jose Mourinho.

But the former United striker is backing a lack of goals more than anything.

“Chelsea will be looking to do the double over Manchester United for the fourth time in PL history at Old Trafford,” Owen wrote in his Bet Victor column.

“But they were beaten 4-1 at Watford in their last away league game.

“They remain vulnerable at present despite the brilliance of Eden Hazard and Willian.

“I do not expect to see many goals in what promises to be a tight tense affair – on and off the pitch.”

One big decision Manchester United boss Mourinho must make for Sunday’s encounter is whether to start Paul Pogba.

Reports ahead of the Chelsea game have suggested he and his manager have been involved in disputes behind the scenes.

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