Manchester United Betting
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Manchester United, based at the Old Trafford stadium in Trafford, Greater Manchester, is arguably the most popular football club in the world with hundreds of millions of worldwide supporters. The club was a founding member of the Premier League in 1992, and has played in the top division of English football since 1938, with the exception of the 1974-75 season.
Manchester United FC started life in 1878 as Newton Heath. They became a professional team in 1885, joining and having being refused entry to the Football League, joined the Football Alliance. In 1892, the two merged, forming a two-division competition. In 1910, the “Red Devils” moved to their present home at Old Trafford. Post-war, under Matt Busby, with an effective youth policy, United won five League Championships and two FA cups.
The tragic Munich air crash of February 1958 resulted in the deaths of 8 players and 3 managerial staff. Following Munich, United failed to win a trophy until the 1963 FA Cup, beating Leicester City. The famous trio of Best, Law and Charlton helped United to two League Championships, an F.A cup win and European Cup success. Busby retired in 1971 and subsequent managers failed to achieve the success to which the fans had become accustomed. Alex Ferguson was appointed United manager in 1986. After a slow start, he has led them to the enviable position of being the best team in Britain. United won a second European Cup as part of an unprecedented Treble in 1999, before winning their third in 2008, 40 years almost to the day after their first.
Opportunities to Bet on Manchester United
Manchester United has by far the greatest record of any Premiership club, winning the Premiership title on no less than ten occasions, in 1992-93, 1993-94, 1995-96, 1996-97, 1998-99, 1999-2000, 2000-01, 2002-03, 2006-07 and 2007-08. Given this exemplary record, Manchester United betting odds on winning the Premiership are invariably short. United have shown that they often start the season slowly, but finish with a flourish. Punters seeking to bet on Manchester United may do well to wait until part-way through the season, when the Manchester odds may well have eased from the opening offer.
All the online bookmakers offer fixed-odds football coupons, giving the punter the opportunity to bet on Manchester United at least once a week. As the generally acclaimed best team in the country, prices about a United win are generally short. However, those wishing to bet on Manchester United can often use the short-priced United as a “banker” in multiple bets.
Domestic Cup Competitions
The Red Devils have won the FA Cup a record number of 11 times. In the Premiership era they won the Cup in 1994, 1996, 1999 and 2004. As a result, bookmakers usually have Manchester United as favourites (or very close to!) for the competition. The short Manchester United betting odds fail to provide much value for the punter.
Manchester United won the League Cup in 1192 and 2006. However, the competition does not hold the prestige it once did, and the top sides often field weakened teams. This is well worth bearing in mind as value bets can be found by opposing teams such as United when the Manchester odds are particularly short.
FA Community Shield
The FA Community Shield is an annual fixture between the Premiership and FA Cup winners. United has been successful in 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 2003, 2007 and 2008. As with much of the other Manchester United betting, the odds on offer are often short and punters made do better to concentrate on correct score and first goalscorer bets to small stakes.
UEFA Champions League
In 1968, they became the first English club to win the European Cup, beating Benfica 4-1. Their second success came against Bayern Munich in 1999, when two injury-time goals secured the trophy. United’s most recent success came in 2008, beating Premiership rivals Chelsea on penalties, in Moscow. As one of the Premiership’s “Big Four” clubs, Manchester qualify for European competition more often than not. Playing against the best teams in Europe, the Manchester United betting odds do provide some sort of value to the punter.
European Super Cup
The European Super Cup (UEFA Super Cup) is an annual match between the reigning champions of the UEFA Cup and the Champions League. United beat Red Star Belgrade to collect the Cup in 1991 and lost by a single goal to Lazio in 1999. The 2008 renewal presents another chance to bet on Manchester United. However, fortunes are unlikely to be made, with the Manchester United betting odds being in the region of 1/3 to beat Zenit St.Petersburg in the 2008 Super Cup.