Manchester United Season Preview: Betting Tips and Free Bets

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Mark LeachMark Leach
July 31st, 2022
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Fabrizio Andrea Bertani

An exciting new era is upon us at Old Trafford with the appointment of former Ajax head coach, Erik ten Hag as Manchester United's new permanent manager. The Red Devils endured a disastrous 2021/22 campaign, finishing in sixth-place and 35 points behind champions, Manchester City. Despite a difficult summer in the transfer market, Manchester United fans will be hopeful of an improved campaign this time around. Using odds from our betting partners at AVABET, here at we'll check out what 2022/23 could have in store for Manchester United.

Transfer Market Frustration

This summer saw a host of players depart Old Trafford at the end of their contracts. The likes of Paul Pogba, Juan Mata, Nemanja Matic, Edinson Cavani and Jesse Lingard all left Manchester United in what was supposed to be the beginning of a busy window for new boss, ten Hag. However, Manchester United in the post-Sir Alex Ferguson era can be summed up by the long, drawn out transfer saga involving Frenkie de Jong. United have been chasing the Barcelona midfielder for over three months and seem unable to get the signing over the line. De Jong is 11/10 to sign for Manchester United or 5/4 to stay at Barcelona. Chelsea are also believed to be interested in the Dutch international and are 9/2 to pinch him from under the noses of Manchester United.

With all their eggs in one basket, Manchester United have not adequately bolstered their ranks this summer. Christian Eriksen has arrived on a free transfer whilst they have raided the Eredivisie for Lisandro Martinez and Tyrell Malacia from Ajax and Feyenoord respectively. They could return to Ajax for Brazilian forward, Anthony but he is now as short as 1/2 to remain in Amsterdam.

Premier League Prospects

Manchester United achieved their lowest ever Premier League points total last season and you have to feel that they won't be quite as bad in the upcoming campaign. The Red Devils are unlikely to overturn last season's 35-point deficit so even at 28/1 they are unlikely to have too many backers in the Premier League title outright market. Erik ten Hag's side are very back-able at 6/4 to claim a top four finish.

If Manchester United can keep hold of want-away forward, Cristiano Ronaldo he could prove excellent value to claim the Premier League's Golden Boot. Speculation around Ronaldo's future has seen him drift out to 14/1 to land the Golden Boot.

Ronaldo is still as short as 5/6 to finish as Manchester United's top scorer in the league. With his future still uncertain, now could be an excellent time to take him on in this market. Here are some players to consider to finish as Manchester United's top scorer in this season's Premier League.

  • Bruno Fernandes (5/2)
  • Anthony Martial (7/1)
  • Marcus Rashford (8/1)
  • Jadon Sancho (9/1)
  • Christian Eriksen (16/1)

Ronaldo and Bruno Fernandes are also amongst the favourites for the PFA Player of the Year award. At 18/1, both of the Portuguese internationals will attract plenty of support.

Europa League

Having finished sixth in the Premier League last season Manchester United will play in the Europa League in the upcoming campaign. The Red Devils have immediately been installed as the bookies' 15/2 favourites. With so much competition in the Premier League, winning the Europa League could prove to be Manchester United's best route into next season's UEFA Champions League.

Trophy Drought

Manchester United have now gone five seasons without any silverware. Everyone at Old Trafford will be desperate to end that dry spell this season. The domestic cup competitions may offer a great opportunity to do just that. Incredibly, the 12-time winners have only won the FA Cup once since 2004 but can be backed at 10/1 to win this season's competition.

The 2016/17 League Cup winners are also amongst the favourites in this competition. Manchester United are 12/1 to win a sixth League Cup in the upcoming campaign.

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