The Louis van Gaal era at Old Trafford begins in earnest when Manchester United host Swansea City in the first match of the 2014/15 season.
The Red Devils are 9/25 to start with three points, with Swansea 15/2 and the draw at 18/5.
At news.bwin.com/en/ we have run the rule over the Iron Tulip’s Premier League bow and come up with the most enticing bets on offer.
Manchester United half-time/full-time double result @ evens
Heading to Old Trafford on the day of Van Gaal’s first competitive match would be a daunting prospect for most sides, but Swansea’s record suggests they are on a hiding to nothing.
Swansea have lost seven of their last eight opening day matches and their record away to the sides that finished in the top half last season was woeful. The Welsh outfit took just five points from ten matches, failing to keep a clean sheet.
United, who are unbeaten in 11 opening day Premier League clashes on home soil, never lost after taking the lead last term and, buoyed by the occasion, can hit an early goal en route to a comfortable victory.
Wayne Rooney to score first @ 13/4
When Robin van Persie raced over to high-five Van Gaal after scoring that spectacular diving header for the Netherlands at the World Cup, it was assumed that the new manager of Manchester United was embracing the future captain.
But it is Wayne Rooney that has been handed the armband, and he can get the new Old Trafford era off to a flying start. The Liverpudlian has been in fine form in pre-season, netting four goals, and the evidence is there that he relishes the extra responsibility of leading the side.
Rooney scored three times in his four games as captain last term as he finished the campaign on 17 league goals.
Wilfried Bony to score anytime @ 3/1
Swansea might be sent packing back to south Wales with nothing to show for their efforts but they are capable of hitting a consolation goal and Wilfried Bony looks a tempting price to do so.
The Ivorian enjoyed a hugely successful debut Premier League campaign, hitting 16 Premier League goals, 12 of which came in 2014.
The reported Liverpool target scored two goals in three games against the Red Devils last season and will fancy his chances against a United defence that failed to keep a clean sheet in their last three friendlies as the rearguard adapts to Van Gaal’s preferred 3-5-2 formation.
Bony, who has the added incentive of playing for a move, can take advantage of any slackness.