May 16, 2013

Moyes to call on Everton pals in Man United title charge

In the aftermath of Sir Alex Ferguson’s shock retirement following 26 years at the Manchester United helm, bookmakers have gone loopy in compiling a vast array of specials regarding how his successor David Moyes will fare at Old Trafford. And we have waded through the wealth of markets involving the ex-Everton chief in order to highlight the best bets regarding his Red Devils tenure.

Firstly, Betfred go evens that Moyes brings home any form of silverware in his first season, with Coral 7/4 that he oversees a potless first term steering the United ship. The latter firm are 2/1 that the Scotsman achieves a successful retention of the Premier League title meanwhile, and go 5/1 he lifts the FA Cup, with 14/1 the price he claims both aforementioned domestic titles. It will take time to adjust to life at the forefront of arguably the world’s biggest club though, and with job security seemingly assured in light of his six-year contract, money may come for Moyes to fail to lift a trophy in his maiden Red Devils campaign.

However, if he is to make a serious tilt at obtaining silverware in 2013/14, the former Everton boss could call upon some familiar faces to aid his cause. SkyBet go 7/2 that Moyes returns to Goodison Park for two or more players this summer, a feasible concept in light of United’s need to replace Paul Scholes, and find a long-term successor to Patrice Evra at left-back. Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines would appear superb candidates to fill these roles, whilst Rio Ferdinand’s uncertain contract situation indicates a move for Phil Jagielka is not out of the realms of possibility either. SkyBet are 8/1 that three players head to Old Trafford from the Toffees during the close season, and go 7/4 that Moyes completes a league double over his former employers next term.

Meanwhile, with much made of the 50-year-old’s lack of experience in Europe’s elite competition, Coral are punting on how United will fare in next season’s renewal of the Champions League. The Red Devils exited this year’s competition at the round of 16 stage, and the firm are 7/2 that they prove a run to that point is beyond them next term, by crashing out at the group stage. The same bookies go 12/1 he lifts the European Cup, but see Moyes repeating the legendary treble of 1999 as a far-fetched 125/1 possibility. Alternatively, Coral offer 25/1 that United complete a Premier League and Champions League double next term, and those fancying Moyes to achieve accomplishments of this magnitude would be remiss to ignore SkyBet’s 9/4 that Moyes is named LMA Manager of the Year for 2013/14.

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