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Manchester United given price to endure worst possible season

| 22.01.2014

It’s turning into the nightmare season for Manchester United fans, whose team currently languish in seventh and are now as short as 3/1 to finish the campaign devoid of silverware and outside the European qualification places – according to Ladbrokes.

Ahead of their Capital One semi-final second leg, the firm have reacted to United’s latest Premier League defeat against Chelsea, by offering a series of special prices on David Moyes’ underperforming side.

The bookies also make the reigning English champions odds-on at 8/13 to fail to win a trophy as well as specifically missing out on the Champions League.

Alex Donohue of Ladbrokes said: “We didn’t even price up the top-four and no trophy specials at the start of the season. The quotes coming through now suggest they will scramble for a Europa League place at best, despite one large-staking punter keeping the faith for the title.”

However, for those such as striker Robin van Persie, who believe that Moyes has what it takes to turn the club’s fortunes around, Ladbrokes offer 10/1 that they salvage their season by lifting some silverware and securing a top-four finish.

Doom mongers can also rejoice in the 8/11 about Moyes leaving Old Trafford without holding aloft any silverware, while it’s 1/1 he does achieve this before his tenure runs its course.

Perhaps United’s best hope of silverware this season comes in the League Cup, where their despite losing the first leg 2-1, where 90% of punters have sided with Red Devils in the match betting market still.

The firm have also been forced to cut their price for the title to 80/1 from 100/1 after they were the subject of a £1000 bet online.

Ladbrokes latest betting

Manchester United 1/3
Draw 4/1
Sunderland 8/1
To qualify
Manchester United 2/5
Sunderland 7/4

Manchester United to finish outside of the top 4 and not to win a trophy this season 8/13

Manchester United to miss out on European football for next season and not to win a trophy this season 3/1

Top four finish and to win a trophy 10/1

What will happen first?
Moyes leaves 8/11
United win a trophy 1/1

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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Christian Crowther

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