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Sir Alex Ferguson, Bayern and Usain Bolt feature in 2013 Man Utd specials

| 04.01.2013

A 13th Premier League title looks one of the bigger certainties at Manchester United in 2013, but a number of other specials are available relating to what may or may not happen at Old Trafford in this calendar year.

The Red Devils begin the year seven points clear in the Premier League standings and 2/7 is the price that they reclaim their title from chief rivals and neighbours Manchester City.

The other big competition that Man Utd will be desperate to win is the Champions League, although being drawn alongside Real Madrid in the second round could not have gone much worse.

As a result they are now 12/1 to win the Champions League for the third time under the guidance of Sir Alex Ferguson.

The first of the previous successes was easily the most memorable, when Ole Gunnar Solsjaer struck in stoppage time in 1999 to complete a 2-1 victory over Bayern Munich.

For another injury-time winner against the same opposition 14 years on, Ladbrokes are offering 113/1 and Bayern face the only other remaining English team in the second round after being drawn against Arsenal.

Sir Alex has recently stated that he intends to continue in management for a bit more time, but a Champions League victory would present the perfect opportunity to pass on the baton after 26 years in the Old Trafford hotseat.

It is 7/4 that Sir Alex leaves Manchester United in 2013 and Pep Guardiola showing an interest in the job may also help him make up his mind.

Among the more outrageous Man Utd specials is the 250/1 that Olympic sprint king Usain Bolt plays a competitive game for the club.

This is pretty much a no hoper, but with football now more of a business than at any time previously, signing Bolt on a six-month deal could work wonders from a promotional viewpoint in terms of worldwide visits and merchandise sales.

Fielding Bolt in a Capital One Cup game would arguably also not be too harmful and is an option if the Glazer family wanted a revenue perk.

All odds and markets accurate as of publication’s time and date



Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.