Manchester United too short for Friday night’s Premier League clash at Villa Park
The curious case of Manchester United. Unconvincing champions during the 2012/13 season under Sir Alex Ferguson, flops in 2013/14 with David Moyes and then resurgent last season thanks to Louis van Gaal.
Even so, the Dutchman has not yet settled on a preferred starting XI, with Angel Di Maria, Robin van Persie and Radamel Falcao among those leaving the club in the summer.
It leaves the Red Devils looking short of options in attack, with Wayne Rooney and Memphis Depay charged with providing the goals that will keep United in the top four, with Juan Mata back in from the cold and adding a touch of class in midfield.
There is also the defence that might have kept a clean sheet against Tottenham last weekend but Daley Blind is a questionable choice at centre-half and the bottom line is that United are too short to win Friday’s match at Villa Park.
Van Gaal’s team only won six matches on the road last season, a strike rate of less than 32% and that doesn’t equate with the best price of 4/6 about Manchester United.
After all, Aston Villa produced a fine defensive performance at Bournemouth last weekend and demonstrated they have a Plan B in attack, with Rudy Gestede scoring off the bench on his debut.
Tim Sherwood might have been dealt the double blow of losing Christian Benteke and Christian Delph, although there have been some eye-catching acquisitions including Gestede, Jordan Veretout and Jordan Amavi, the latter of whom arrives with a bright reputation from his time at Nice.
Villa Park will be full of supporters and optimism following this Week 1 victory and Gestede could make the passing of Benteke a great deal more digestible, with the Frenchman set to start this encounter.
We’re happy to have a little play on the home side at 11/2 to win this game and the 13/10 about Villa and the Draw on the Double Chance market is a healthy price considering United are not the finished article by a long chalk.