Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal will sample two firsts in the away dugout at Stadium MK tonight: his Capital One Cup bow will be accompanied by his maiden victory in charge.
Such an early entry into the competition will be unfamiliar amongst all of the players in the Red Devils ranks, but memories of what winning feels like will come flooding back against an MK Dons side whose underdog status is clearly depicted in their 7/1 price.
There’ll be plenty of takers of United’s 9/25 offering, while there’s 7/2 about the draw for the daring folk who think victory will elude Van Gaal for the third match on the spin.
Should the lure of sure-fire profit outdo the match-betting stakes in terms of appeal though, this bank-balance-boosting banquet of Man Utd-centric bets is just for you:
Man Utd to score over 0.5 goals between half-time and 60 minutes @ 7/4
Red Devil celebrations have been sparked on five occasions across their last four opening Capital One Cup encounters of the campaign, while one of the two goals they’ve bagged in the league in 2014/15 also fell in this timeframe.
Man Utd to win to nil @ 31/20
Prior to their previous three domestic road games, United hadn’t conceded a goal in five sojourns and kicked off their run to the semi-finals of this competition last season with a trio of flawless victories.
Their adversaries may have started the campaign flush in front of goal, but one strike in 180 minutes of football suggests their speed out of the blocks has relented somewhat.
Man Utd to score more goals in the second half @ 5/4
In last term’s instalment, Van Gaal’s charges clocked up nine goals in normal time en route to the last four, but only two of these came before the half-time whistle.
Similarly, five of their last six away strikes that preceded Juan Mata’s 17th-minute effort against Sunderland last time out were registered after the midway Vitamin C intake.
Backers of this bet are presented further encouragement through three of the last four goals the Dons have conceded coming in the second half.