‘Will smash them’ - Newcastle nemesis makes ‘radical’ prediction ahead of Manchester United clash

Former Newcastle and Manchester United striker Michael OwenFormer Newcastle and Manchester United striker Michael Owen
Former Newcastle and Manchester United striker Michael Owen | Getty Images
Newcastle have already beaten Manchester United in the Premier League and Carabao Cup this season

Michael Owen believes Newcastle United “will probably beat” Manchester United next week - while urging Old Trafford chiefs to sack Erik ten Hag.

The Red Devils are under the cosh after sliding down the eighth in the Premier League. They lost 4-0 at Crystal Palace on Monday - giving Newcastle the advantage in the Europa League race.

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Eddie Howe’s men are in pole position to clinch sixth spot and will be hoping for Manchester City to do them a favour by winning the FA Cup. That is starting to look like Man United’s only plausible avenue for Europa League football due to their shocking league form.

Ten Hag has overseen the club’s worst points tally in the Premier League era. Man United also have a -3 goal difference - 25 behind Newcastle.

Pressure is now cranking up on minority owner Sir Jim Ratcliffe to sack Ten Hag ahead of an expected summer rebuild. Speaking to Premier League Productions, Owen, who played for both goals, slammed the Dutchman and edged towards Newcastle earning their second win at Old Trafford next Wednesday.

“I’ve said for a long time that Ten Hag is not the right man for this job,” he said. “I’ve been saying it for ages and ages. He cannot, simply cannot, manage the team next season.

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“I almost wonder now, they’ve got a cup final and they’ve got a few important games that could mean European football next year or not. At some point you’ve got to make a decision, they’re going to get absolutely hammered by Manchester City. They’re going to get annihilated, in fact.

“Arsenal will smash them to bits at Old Trafford, Newcastle will probably beat them and I wouldn’t even fancy them going to Brighton either. They might not get anything out of the rest of the season, playing like that.

“There’s just so much at stake, even if it’s only for four games. I wonder whether the board might just have to try to do something here and now and be quite radical about it. He simply cannot manage this team next season - he’s not good enough. I’ve thought about it for ages and he’s just not good enough to manage Manchester United.”

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