The 2013/14 campaign represents something of a brave new dawn for Manchester United, with long touted heir to the throne David Moyes replacing Sir Alex Ferguson at the helm and punters can back them to recall Everton during their 11 years under the Scot by failing to lift a trophy during the new season at 10/11.
There is the unavoidable feeling that the removal of whatever powers of team-building alchemy Sir Alex has been exerting over his side in recent campaigns may cause the Old Trafford edifice to come tumbling down around his replacement.
Whilst it may seem that nowhere is this more likely to manifest itself than in the Premier League, the consistency of output which Moyes gleaned from his players at Everton last season – in which they not once lost two consecutive matches – should stand his new employers in good stead.
United have won four of the last seven Premier League titles and they’re narrow 2/1 favourites to be crowned champions once more in 2014.
If they’re to collect more than one piece of silverware in the next campaign then it seems that the League Cup may be their best chance of adding to a potential league title and a Premier League/League Cup double can be backed at a special 18/1.
With three wins in the last eight years, United have been the most successful team in the competition in that period. They also have the kind of surplus of relatively senior talent in their squad that makes the competition a valuable outlet for players who wish to prove themselves worthy of more regular action.
In contrast six years have passed since they last made the FA Cup’s Wembley showpiece and a further three years have elapsed since they last won the competition.
Moyes conjured just one final appearance from the Toffees during his time at Goodison so the 14/1 about a Premier League/FA Cup double looks less attractive.
His abilities to manage in Europe shouldn’t be remembered purely on the disastrous double elimination that saw Everton limp out of both the Champions League and UEFA Cup qualification process after finishing fourth in 2005, with the Toffees beating eventual winners Zenit St Petersburg on their way to the Europa League quarter finals in 2007/8.
Nonetheless with Ferguson only ever twice lifting the Champions League in his 27 years as United manager, it’ll be the tallest of tall orders for Moyes to claim the trophy on his first foray into the competition proper.
On both occasions the Red Devils did take Europe’s top club honour they clinched the Premier League in the same campaign and they can be backed for a Premier League Champions League double at 50/1.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.