Manchester United came out of the traps flying when the season began, although a 6-1 thrashing at home to Manchester City caused Sir Alex Ferguson to undertake a self-examination which saw the team shut up shop when beating Everton 1-0 on Saturday.
Something similar happened when they played Otelul Galati in Romania following a disappointing 3-3 with Basel in the Champions League which could have been much worse had Ashley Young not equalised late in the day.
Even so, Ferguson declared himself with five points at the halfway stage and the Red Devils should comfortably beat the Romanian champions on Wednesday night, with Ladbrokes (£50 free bets) offering a best price 1/10 about last season’s Champions League runners-up.
The Scot claims that he will field a strong team for the fourth match of the group stage and we know that Rio Ferdinand will start the game after being dropped to the bench for the trip to Goodison Park.
We are also likely to see Nani involved after only appearing as a sub against the Toffees and the winger’s trickery could cause problems for an Otelul Galati that looked reasonably solid in the reverse fixture a fortnight ago. The Portuguese is 6/1 (bet365 – £200 free betting) to open the scoring in this match.
The visitors are rock bottom of Group C after three straight defeats although all of their games have been close including a 2-1 defeat at Basel which saw them come within five minutes of landing a draw. Odds of 10/1 about this match ending all square look decent and the 33/1 about an away win is surely a smidge too big.