Sir Alex Ferguson’s men have the ideal opportunity to bounce back from their recent struggles at Old Trafford as they entertain a manager-less Reading side.
Man Utd – 1.17/1 with Coral
Draw – 19/1 with Bet365
Reading – 23/1 with Bet Victor
The home side are unsurprisingly odds-on favourites. They haven’t lost in the league since November nor even dropped points at home since September. Just two goals conceded in their five most recent home games indicates they have regained that solidity in defence too. Even more ominously for Reading, they have averaged just under three goals a game at Old Trafford and have not failed to score in a home fixture for over three years. Robin Van Persie is without a goal in six games too so this represents a great chance to get back amongst the goals.
Reading’s decision to sack Brian McDermott has understandably been greeted with huge contempt in football but his former side struggled recently. They are on a run of five losses in a row, that has left them four points off safety. Having avoided defeat in just three away games all season, they seem unlikely to add to that total against the champions elect. The Royals haven’t kept a clean sheet away either.
Expect a stroll in the park for Man Utd.
Man Utd to keep a clean sheet at 1.95/1 with Ladbrokes
RVP to score first at 3.75/1 with Bet365
First goal inside 15 minutes at 2.25/1 with Blue Square
Man Utd to win both halves at 2.15/1 with Coral
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