Owen backs Aston Villa to beat Man Utd after ‘excellent’ week

Date published: Friday 14th January 2022 5:28 - Jason Soutar

Michael Owen laughing during a broadcast

Michael Owen has backed Aston Villa to beat Manchester United on Saturday after their positive week in the transfer market.

The Villans completed the £25million signing of left-back Lucas Digne from Everton on Thursday.

They also brought Barcelona playmaker Philippe Coutinho in on loan for the rest of the season.

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Both signings have been heavily praised and Steven Gerrard will be hoping they have an instant impact when his side host Manchester United this weekend.

Villa were knocked out of the FA Cup on Monday by the Red Devils, losing 1-0 at Old Trafford despite dominating large sections of the match.

Former Red Devils and Liverpool striker Owen has backed the Midlands club to get their revenge on Ralf Rangnick’s men, citing their two January signings.

“What a week it’s been for Steven Gerrard and Aston Villa in the transfer market,” he said in his Bet Victor blog.

“Lucas Digne should prove to be an excellent signing at left-back, he’s experienced and has superb delivery.

“Who would have thought that Philippe Coutinho would end up playing for Aston Villa? That’s a brilliant signing for Villa and a signal of intent by the club.

“Performances haven’t been great at Old Trafford since Ralf Rangnick took over. United start an easier run of fixtures now but there has to be a lot of improvement shown.

“I can see Villa edging this. Villa were probably a little unlucky in the Cup game last week and with the home crowd behind them, should win here. 2-1 Villa.”

Gerrard discussed his former Liverpool team-mate, Coutinho, ahead of the match, insisting he will not rush the Brazil midfielder.

“He is a fantastic talent, we are lucky to have him and at the right time he will be unleashed,” he said.

“His name alone inspires people, what he has done in the game inspires people. I have no doubt at all we will see the real Philippe Coutinho in time.

“He’s not match fit because over at Barcelona he has been doing a lot of individual training, training in small groups and he had a Covid situation.

“He has trained fully for the last couple of days and there’s still a fantastic player there for sure. It’s great to have him, he’s been smiling away and it’s my job to get him settled as soon as possible.”

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