Champions League progress sees Man United’s treble odds slashed
Edwin van der Sar could prove to be the lucky charm for Manchester United as they chase a second treble under the reign of Sir Alex Ferguson.
Back in 1999 Peter Schmeichel had announced his decision to retire before guiding Manchester United to a Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League treble.
Van der Sar has confirmed he will leave the club at the end of the season and after defeating Chelsea in the Champions League quarter-final last night, Manchester United have a real chance of sending the Dutchman out on a high.
Before the start of yesterday’s game Manchester United were 7/1 to win the treble but following the win, Sir Alex Ferguson’s side have seen their treble odds and their Champions League odds cut.
Ladbrokes are offering 11/2 that Manchester United complete the treble and considering they are short price favourites in two of the competitions and second-favourites in the other competition, it seems a real possibility.
Manchester United were cut into 9/4 to win the Champions League following the 3-1 defeat of Chelsea, and with a likely semi-final against Schalke coming up, the Red Devils are 2/7 to make it to the final at Wembley Stadium.
At one stage a 150/1 chance, the support for a Manchester United treble is relentless and should Ferguson’s side pull it off, Ladbrokes are facing a multi-million pound payout.
Barcelona remain the side to beat in the Champions League at 10/11 but face a semi-final against Real Madrid – barring a unlikely comeback from Tottenham Hotspur – and Jose Mourinho will be desperate to end the challenge of Barcelona.
Real Madrid are 7/2 to win the Champions League and many believe the best final would be between the Madrid side and the Manchester side.
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