Bookies.com tell punters why Ladbrokes' tasty 10/3 odds for Man Utd to be Premier League's best in Europe this term are well worth taking.
Manchester United have all the ingredients to surprise people upon their return to the Champions League, and Ladbrokes offer tasty top odds of 10/3 for the Red Devils to progress further in Europe’s elite club competition than other Premier League representatives Man City, Chelsea and Arsenal.
Not convinced by Louis van Gaal’s credentials? Read on as Bookies.com outline five reasons why Man Utd will go further than their domestic rivals in the continental campaign.
He’s only scored one goal, but what a goal. Talented France international teenage forward Anthony Martial made the perfect Red Devils debut off the bench, helping Man Utd seal a 3-1 win against Liverpool. His late strike showed sublime skill, fancy footwork and composed finishing well beyond his tender 19 years. Should Martial kick on and his development continue apace, then he will have a huge say in how his new team gets on in Europe.
Jose Mourinho could lead his side into this term’s Champions League group stage with the Blues occupying a spot in the bottom three. For that eventuality to arise, Newcastle United need to beat West Ham United, but Chelsea are in trouble regardless. Man Utd’s own start to the season has been vastly better than the Stamford Bridge side, who have seriously slumped at the start of their Premier League title defence.
With the Blues paired with Mourinho’s old club Porto, plus lengthy trips to Maccabi Tel Aviv and Dynamo Kiev in their pool, there shocking start on the domestic front could well continue. The Blues’ 2/1 odds to get furthest in Europe leave an awful lot to be desired at this stage.
Arsenal set for second place
Although the Gunners are perennial qualifiers from the group stage to the last 16, that first knockout round has been a hurdle Arsene Wenger’s side have consistently struggled with and failed to clear in recent seasons. With Bayern Munich also in their group, Arsenal are likely to have to settle for second place and that will mean another tricky tie once the Champions League becomes straight elimination football over two legs.
Man City over-reliant on Aguero
One injury to star striker Sergio Aguero, and Man Utd’s noisy neighbours Manchester City are in real trouble. Although Manuel Pellegrini has strengthened his supporting cast with the signings of Raheem Sterling and Kevin De Bruyne, they are not proven or prolific predators at elite European level. Argentina attacker Aguero also has a patchy fitness record, as evidenced by his absence from Man City’s group opener against Juventus, and will be the subject of rough treatment from centre halves the world over.
Man Utd group opponents lost best players
PSV Eindhoven and Wolfsburg have paid the biggest price for their respective trophy successes last term; their star performers are now on the books of other clubs. The Red Devils have benefited from this themselves by purchasing Memphis Depay from the former, and now the Dutch winger will face his former club twice in Group D.
Man Utd have really strengthened and freshened up their forward options through young bloody Memphis and Martial, while PSV rely on former Newcastle flop Luuk de Jong and, now Die Wolfe sold De Bruyne, it’s all about Netherlands striker Bas Dost, who could prove to be a huge flash in the pan.
All of this adds up to a more than credible, even compelling case, for Man Utd being the best of British when it comes to Champions League performance and progressions.
Manchester United to be furthest progressing English team @ 10/3 with Ladbrokes