Manchester United striker Michael Owen is confident the club's fortunes will change at Chelsea tomorrow night.
The Red Devils have been on the wrong-end of scorelines at Stamford Bridge during Owen's time at the club, although the England veteran believes few teams, if any, have played as well when visiting west London.
“Since I’ve been at the club the games at Stamford Bridge have been odd. I can’t quite believe we lost the last two league games at Stamford Bridge – we played well on both occasions," Owen told the official Manchester United website in an exclusive interview.
"We don’t get outplayed there, that’s for sure. I’m sure our luck will change at some point.
"In the league last month we were 1-0 up and put on one of the finest displays of football Stamford Bridge has probably seen from a visiting team. I don’t think many teams go to Chelsea and play like that."
The former Real Madrid forward has declared himself fit for action in recent weeks, shaking off niggling injuries and reminding Sir Alex Ferguson of his availability should the Scot wish to turn to an experienced head.
With the second leg set for Old Trafford next week, Owen expects United to still be in the game come the end of the opening tie and the homefield advantage could make all the difference.
“We hope playing the second leg at Old Trafford will prove decisive. We also know that whoever progresses to the semi-final will get the same advantage there, so that’s an added incentive. From that point of view, the draw’s been kind to us."
With his contract set to expire this summer, Owen has also stated his desire to stay with the Red Devils past his current deal, and the 31-year-old believes he still has much to offer the club.
“I’m not sure about my future yet – my contract expires at the end of this season. I’ve made no secret that, in an ideal world, I’d extend my stay here," Owen continued.
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