Manchester United’s odds of winning the Europa League have lengthened to 10/1 after they were put to the sword by Athletic Bilbao in the first leg of their last-16 clash.
The Red Devils took the lead through Wayne Rooney but goals from Oscar de Marcos, Fernando Llorente and Iker Muniain put the Basque side in the ascendancy.
Although an injury-time Rooney penalty reduced the arrears, the 3-2 win for Marcelo Bielsa’s men means United have it all to do in the second leg at the imposing San Mames.
The Red Devils are currently priced at 13/10 to triumph over 90 minutes in the second leg, but with a two-goal margin likely to be required, they are at odds of 14/5 to make it through to the quarter-finals.
Despite their latest poor European result, Sir Alex Ferguson will still believe his players are capable of delivering the only trophy currently missing on his otherwise glittering managerial CV.
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Manchester City also suffered an unexpected defeat last night, going down 1-0 to a determined Sporting Lisbon outfit at Estadio Jose Alvalade.
The Citizens remain favourites for the trophy, but they can now be backed at 13/4 to go all the way, having been at 5/2 prior to their first meeting with the Portuguese giants.
A look at bwin’s Europa League betting markets also reveals that City are 7/5 favourites to reach the final, with United rated as 5/1 shots to book their place in the Bucharest showpiece.
Elsewhere, two other Spanish outfits, Valencia and Atletico Madrid, are joint second favourites at 23/4 to win the competition after solid first-leg victories on Thursday.
Los Che were 4-2 winners over PSV at the Mestalla – although two late goals by the Dutch side has given them a sniff of advancing – while Atleti recorded a 3-1 triumph over Besiktas.
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