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Fergie advises punters not to bet against Man Utd at Wembley

| 23.05.2011

Despite lifting the Premier League title on Sunday, Sir Alex Ferguson continues to have to defend the merits of his Manchester United squad.

Many are suggesting that this Manchester United side are a lot weaker than the title-winning sides of the 90’s and the noughties, but having proved themselves as the best side over the course of the season Ferguson is warning the critics not to write off this Manchester United side.

Manchester United head to Wembley on Saturday to face the greatest team of a generation in Barcelona, and having lost the 2009 Champions League final to Saturday’s opponents 2-0, Manchester Untied are the huge underdogs.

Barcelona are 4/9 to lift the Champions League trophy on Saturday night and 1/1 to win the game in 90 minutes, but Ferguson has advised punters not to bet against his side.

“I know we are playing a terrific team in Barcelona but would you back against us in a big way” said Ferguson.

“I don’t think you would. We are capable of doing very well in the final.”

Manchester United are 13/8 to lift the Champions League trophy on Saturday and 11/4 to win the game inside 90 minutes, and new customers to Ladbrokes.com are eligible for a Champions League free bet worth up to £30.

Should the 90 minutes end in a draw (12/5), Barcelona are favoured to win the tie after extra-time at 8/1 with Manchester United available at 12/1 – both sides are priced at 12/1 to win the game on penalties.

Ferguson has a selection headache ahead of Saturday’s final with the likes of Dimitar Berbatov, Darren Fletcher, Paul Scholes, Anderson and Rafael all hopeful of a place in the starting line up.

The next six days will see Ferguson devote every possible second to Saturday’s game and one thing punters can be sure about, Manchester United will be prepared.

A £10 stake on Manchester United lifting the Champions League trophy would return £26.25. New customers can sign up here to take advantage of a free bet worth up to £30.



Robbie Morris

Robbie studied sports journalism at the University of Gloucestershire, an establishment chosen for its proximity to Cheltenham racecourse, where he was a season ticket holder. Upon graduation, Robbie was a contributor to GolfPunk, a national magazine aimed at ridding golf of its traditionalist image, before joining the news.ladbrokes team.