If you were already thinking that Louis van Gaal can perform a miraculous turnaround and win the Premier League in his first season in charge at Old Trafford, then make sure you back Manchester United at greatly enhanced odds.
There is already a renewed buzz surrounding United fans that Van Gaal is the man to send their side back to the top of the pile in 2014/15 and a 7-0 thrashing of LA Galaxy in his first game in charge has to be a positive sign.
Next up on the Red Devils’ tour of the USA are Italian side Roma and from kick-off until the first goal is scored in the match, United’s odds to win the Premier League will grow from 5/1 to 8/1.
The game kicks off at 21:00 BST on Saturday 26 July, and for those with access to MUTV they can watch the whole contest live.
It only took Danny Welbeck 13 minutes to find a way past the Galaxy defence so it will pay to be get those bets on early.
Then again, the team boasting the second-meanest defence in Italy last season, now replete with former Chelsea left-back Ashley Cole, should offer more stubborn resistance.
In fact, Roma proved too hard a nut to crack for Liverpool in their last friendly at Boston’s Fenway Park, as the Reds went down 1-0 to a 90th-minute winner.
Therefore the next test for Van Gaal’s troops is likely to offer a far better barometer of where his squad are, as they build up to arguably the most hotly competitive Premier League season in history.
Ladbrokes certainly view the game to be played in Denver as a tight affair with United very narrow 11/10 favourites, while a Roma win and the draw are both available at 21/10.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.
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