Shanghai Shenhua v Manchester United Betting Preview: Red Devils to keep Droga quiet in a comfortable victory

Ferguson's men should attract as many Chinese fans as the home side, and Al Hain-Cole expects those hoping to see a United victory to not go home disappointed
It may be only a friendly, but Manchester United's visit to Shanghai Shenhua is sure to be played in front of a full house of passionate fans at the city's 65,000 capacity stadium.

The Red Devils have a huge following in China, as demonstrated by the swathes of emotional fans who greeted their heroes off the plane upon arrival, and the presence of a couple of familiar faces in the Shanghai side will add an extra spice to this eagerly-anticipated encounter.

Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka have plenty of experience of facing Manchester United in the blue shirts of Chelsea, but it will take a monumental effort on their part to inspire a victory for their new side, at odds of 11/2 (6.50) with Paddy Power.

Chief executive David Gill has promised that United will be fielding "the strongest possible squad at our disposal," which should explain the slight price of 4/11 (1.36) on them coming out on top in this game.

Alex Ferguson's blushes were saved by a late equaliser in the last friendly against Ajax Cape Town, and you can back another stalemate taking place on Wednesday at 7/2 (4.50).

Despite their modest results in South Africa, those two friendlies will take United from strength to strength in their return to full match fitness, and this should reap dividends in China.

With the likes of Scholes, Hernandez and new signing Shinji Kagawa on show, Ferguson's side should have no problem overcoming their Chinese opponents, and there is excellent value in backing the English giants to win with a -1 handicap, at odds of 11/10 (2.10).

Drogba's arrival could not have come at a better time for Sergio Batista's men, as their lack of firepower this season has left them way off the pace in 12th in the Super League.

As good as the Ivorian is, though, it is unrealistic to expect him to perform miracles, and Shanghai will still struggle to breach a typically resolute United defence.

Instead, it's worth backing the English side to cruise to victory with their score-sheet unblemished, at odds of 8/5 (2.60).

Man Utd -1 at 11/10 (2.10) with Paddy Power
Man Utd to win to nil at 8/5 (2.60) with Paddy Power

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Al Hain-Cole is a Liverpool fan, experienced tipster and avid follower of European football. He specialises in accumulators and if you would like to read more from Al you can follow him on Twitter here.

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