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After recording a 2-0 win in the first leg of their Europa League tie against Ajax, tipster William Duncan is backing the Red Devils to complete a comfortable win

Manchester United may have begun the season with loftier European ambitions than finding themselves parachuted into the Europa League following a dismal showing in the Champions League group stages.

Despite their elimination, Sir Alex Ferguson’s side did not allow that disappointment to distract them last week as they cruised to a comfortable 2-0 away victory over Ajax in Amsterdam in the first leg of the round of 32.

Goals from Ashley Young and Javier Hernandez ensured that United should enjoy a comfortable night at Old Trafford against their Dutch opponents in the second leg and they are strongly fancied to book their place in the last 16 of the competition.

Manchester United are heavy odds-on favourites at 31/100 (1.31) with 188Bet to notch up another win here while Ajax are 39/5 (8.8) to spring a surprise. The same firm offers 7/2 (4.50) for a draw

The ease with which his side were brushed aside in the first leg will be troubling for Ajax coach Frank De Boer. He may be anxious to avoid a heavy defeat when the two sides clash again on Thursday so, rather than throw caution to the wind, De Boer might be tempted to name a more defensive line-up.

Sir Alex Ferguson showed this competition plenty of respect last week by naming an extremely strong side in Netherlands but with the tie virtually beyond Ajax, Ferguson could  blood a few of his more inexperienced players here with a crucial English Premier League clash against Norwich City ahead on Sunday.

United should seal another confidence boosting win on Thursday when Ajax come calling but the outright price is too restrictive. Punters should instead look at the 19/25 (1.76) that 188Bet offer for United to have grabbed the initiative by half time in this contest while the odds of 3/4 (1.75) on exactly 2-3 goals looks appealing too.

Those looking to make their money go further should consider a wager on United to treat their home fans to a routine 2-0 victory mirroring the first leg at Bet188’s quote of 5/1 (6.0).

Bet of the day: Manchester United to lead at half time (19/25 with 188Bet)

Value bet: Manchester United to win 2-0 (5/1 with 188Bet)

Bet of the Day

Manchester United to lead at half time at 19/25 (1.76) with 188Bet
Manchester United to win 2-0 at 5/1 (6.0) with 188Bet

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Willie Duncan is a freelance sports journalist. Willie, from Edinburgh, has covered Scottish football for over 10 years and he specialises in football betting markets from across Europe. You can also follow Willie on Twitter here.