Michael Owen backs ‘improving’ Man Utd to challenge Liverpool for the title next season

MICHAEL OWEN has backed “improving” Manchester United to challenge Liverpool for the Premier League title next season.

The former England forward is already looking ahead to the 2020-21 season after the Reds finally got their hands on their first-ever Premier League crown.

Michael Owen is now a pundit after hanging up his boots
Anthony Martial grabbed a first league hat-trick for United since Robin van Persie back in 2013 against Sheff Utd last week

Owen led Liverpool close to breaking their duck with 29 goals in 2001-02 – but did eventually win his own title at Old Trafford in 2010-11.

And he’s backed Man Utd – along with Chelsea – to put more pressure on dominant duo Liverpool and Man City next season after showing improvements post-lockdown.

Owen told Premier League Productions: “I think [Liverpool] are a very, very strong team that’s probably going to be strong for some time. 

“[But] that’s not to say they can’t be caught.

“Manchester City are a phenomenal team and if they turn it on we’re going to have a great title race.

“Manchester United are the first team outside those two that spring to mind because they’re improving at a rapid rate.”

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Owen continued: “Chelsea are showing a lot of intent with their signings.

“They’ve been banned from signing players for some while but now they’re making a big splash and they’ve got some youngsters coming in.

“Frank Lampard looks like he has the bit between their teeth.

“There’s lots of teams that look like they could [challenge] but I think they’re the main ones.”

Since returning from lockdown, Man Utd have drawn 1-1 with Tottenham, before winning against Sheffield United and Norwich.

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Liverpool won their first-ever Premier League last week

Most-pleasing for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be the performances of some of his players.

Anthony Martial, who scored United’s first league hat-trick since 2013 against Sheff Utd, has been particularly impressive.

United now sit just five points adrift of Chelsea – who beat Man City 2-1 to hand Liverpool the title – in fourth.


By: Dave Fraser
Title: Michael Owen backs ‘improving’ Man Utd to challenge Liverpool for the title next season
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Published Date: Tue, 30 Jun 2020 09:17:26 +0000

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