Michael Owen makes Derby County v Man Utd prediction for FA Cup clash

Michael Owen believes Manchester United should have no problems in seeing off Derby in Thursday's FA Cup fifth round tie.

United travel to Pride Park on a fine run of form having gone eight games unbeaten in all competitions, and they will fancy their chances against a Derby side who sit in 13th place in the Championship.

Much of the build-up around the game has centred around United legend Wayne Rooney taking on his old team, but speaking to BetVictor Owen said he does not think the 34-year-old will be able to inspire the Rams to a famous victory.

"Since his arrival from DC United, Wayne Rooney has been a key influence on and off the field at Derby County with some fans at Old Trafford wishing he had come back to Manchester instead," Owen said.

"However, since the arrival of Bruno Fernandes, the Red Devils have looked much more convincing in possession and I see them making it an unhappy reunion for Wayne Rooney."

Rooney is certainly relishing the prospect of coming up against the team he scored 253 goals for, and speaking ahead of the game he said his side are out to cause a shock.

"For me it is a big game playing against my former team," said the former England captain. "They will be favourites.


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