Sir Alex Ferguson’s last match at Old Trafford as Manchester United manager saw the club crowned English champions for the 20th time in their history.
Ferguson’s successor, Everton boss David Moyes, will hope to continue United’s dominance in the Premier League by winning next season’s title at odds of 15/8.
The Red Devils left it late to secure victory on Ferguson’s final day as boss at the club’s home ground, with veteran defender Rio Ferdinand scoring with a well-taken volley to earn a 2-1 win over Swansea.
After the match Ferguson was in unusually candid mood, confirming that Wayne Rooney had handed in a transfer request – which had been turned down – and asking the crowd to give Moyes time when he becomes his official replacement in the summer.
While Rooney’s future, an issue intertwined with how his former Toffees coach Moyes views the situation, remains uncertain, Ladbrokes have already released a market on the 50-year-old Scot’s chances of success at United.
Moyes is priced at 11/4 to win his first league title the campaign after next, while he is a 6/1 shot to pick up his maiden Premier League trophy in the 2014/15 season, but 14/1 to do so the year after that.
However, a nightmare scenario for the ex-Preston tactician could rear it’s head at a short 13/8, that he doesn’t achieve Premier League success for the first time in his career in his new United post.
It appears more likely that Moyes could pick silverware in other competitions before doing so in the domestic league season, as title challengers Manchester City and Chelsea are set for major overhaul this summer.
Moyes can be backed at 5/6 to win a trophy during his first season at Old Trafford, while he is exactly the same price to fail in his maiden campaign.
While Ferguson told the United faithful in no uncertain terms that his hand-picked successor must be given time at the club, as he noted thankfully that he was, there will be some doomsdayers predicting an unhappy tenure for Moyes.
The Dunbartonshire-born coach is valued odds-on at 2/7 to remain in the job at the beginning of the 2014/15 season, but conversely is priced at 15/8 not to be.
It is an intriguing market, and one that is hard to assess considering the incoming manager has yet to take his first press conference, but Moyes looks set to be given time to try and emulate or more realistically attempt to replicate the success of his lauded predecessor.
Moyes’ first task is undoubtedly addressing the future of Rooney, while Ryan Giggs and Rio Ferdinand have expiring contracts that need sorting out. But Ferguson has made it crystal clear he wanted Moyes to replace him and that the fans must be patient with his compatriot.
Only time will tell what happens, but it would seem backing Moyes to lift a trophy – the first major triumph of his personal career – in his first campaign is not beyond him.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.