Ryan Giggs has been installed as interim Manchester United boss until the close of the campaign following David Moyes’ departure and the Welsh winger will augment his claims to land the post permanently by guiding the Red Devils to a top-six finish.
Club legend Giggs can be backed at 9/1 to be the next permanent manager of the reigning English champions and, while it’s almost guaranteed that the United recruitment team will seek a galactico gaffer to take over following the failed Moyes experiment, finishing sixth or better – a feat they’re 2/1 to achieve – will do his hopes no harm.
Tottenham currently reside in the final Europa League spot, but there’s a case to be made as to why United will overhaul the north Londoners and land punters £60 profit if they stake their £30 free bet sign up bonus from bwin.com on the outcome.
Read on for the rationale:
Three straightforward fixtures on the homestead present United with a chance to claim maximum points at base camp.
Norwich, Sunderland and Hull are all considered cannon fodder on a visit to a club of the 20-time top-tier champions’ stature and, despite the Red Devils’ toils this term, it’s likely that they’ll all be bested.
The nine points yielded from these means they may even not need a draw at Southampton on the final day to guarantee a top-six berth.
This is because Spurs, once upon a time reliable on the road, have developed travel sickness.
Two of Tim Sherwood’s (probably) final three games at the helm will be played away at Stoke – owners of the sixth best home record in the division and vanquishers of Man Utd, Arsenal and Chelsea on their own patch – and West Ham – who beat the Lilywhites twice already this campaign.
Having lost three of their previous five jaunts and considering they were fortunate to come away with a point thanks to an injury-time equaliser from their latest sojourn to West Brom, defeat for inconsistent Tottenham at both of these venues would not cause jaws to hit the floor.
As things stand, Sherwood’s side sit six points clear of United, but have played a game more.
Should the Red Devils win the game in hand, the gap is whittled to three and, assuming Spurs lose their away matches while United prevail at home, they’ll head to Southampton on the final day having flip-reversed the placement of the three-point cushion between themselves and the White Hart Lane club.
Given their superior goal difference, they could even afford to lose to the Saints and still not fear finishing below Tottenham for the first time in Premier League history.