Louis van Gaal can inspire the Red Devils to victory on Saturday lunchtime
The 2014/15 Premier League big kick-off is just hours away, with Manchester United getting the season started with the help of Swansea City.
Many predicted a wholesale clear-out at Old Trafford under Louis van Gaal, although the Dutchman has not changed a great deal in terms of personnel, with Ander Herrera and Luke Shaw the two notable arrivals at the club.
Wayne Rooney has been given the chance to thrive alongside Robin van Persie, with Juan Mata operating in the hole as part of a 3-4-1-2 formation and the bookies are running scared of Manchester United when it comes to Saturday’s match.
William Hill offer odds of 4/11 about the Red Devils claiming three points, with United enjoying a fantastic pre-season which saw them defeat Liverpool and Real Madrid by 3-1 scorelines.
Van Persie is among the favourites to win the Golden Boot although there’s a chance that the striker will miss this opener due to missing the whole of pre-season thanks to his World Cup involvement.
It could open up the way for Danny Welbeck or Javier Hernandez to partner Rooney in attack and it’s been the latter who has been scoring for fun in pre-season, with odds of no bigger than 4/1 about the England man finding the net first in this game.
If you’re quick to snap up the 11/1 about Juan Mata scoring the first goal with Paddy Power, you could be on to a winner, while the Spaniard is also 7/2 to find the net at any stage against the Swans.
Given that Mata could be on free-kick duty and will certainly be looking to feed off scraps from attacking plays, it could be a price worth taking.
Swansea City are a 10/1 chance with betfair to claim a surprise victory at Old Trafford although it should be noted that the Welsh side won at the Theatre of Dreams in the FA Cup last season.
The goal-grabber for the Swans during that 2-1 victory was Wilfried Bony and it appears that Garry Monk is winning the race to keep hold of his prize asset this summer, with the Ivorian a 10/1 chance to score first in this game.
On the correct score market, United are a 16/1 chance to claim a 4-0 win and an early goal could see the floodgates open as the visitors look to get back on level terms, although a win to nil for the home side is clearly a safer bet.
Luke Shaw will be rampaging forward although Chris Smalling, Jonny Evans and Phil Jones could make for a solid central trio at the back.
Juan Mata to score first @ 11/1 with Paddy Power
Juan Mata to score @ 7/2 with Paddy Power
Manchester United 4-0 @ 16/1 with BetVictor
Manchester United win to nil @ 11/10 with Paddy Power