Things could have been different had Wayne Rooney scored the penalty awarded against Barcelona in their last friendly. But the England striker could not beat Victor Valdes, as United drew 0-0 with the Catalans, leaving their tally of goals scored in pre season at just two.
Hannover, meanwhile, have already begun playing competitive football, recording a comfortable 5-0 aggregate win in Europa League qualifying against Irish outfit St Patrick's Athletic and they could well cause United some problems this evening. Paddy Power price a win for the Germans at 13/5 (3.60) while United can be backed at evens (2.00).
Yet United's pre-season form leads to only one bet being worthy of serious consideration and investment; under 2.5 goals being scored and it is available at 4/6 (1.67).
This bet has paid out in each of United's five matches in pre-season, while also proving the correct selection in two of Hannover's last three games.
While the price may not be enormous, we have seen little from the Reds to inspire attacking confidence and though they may well beat the Germans it is unlikely to be by a large margin.
Punters who feel that United will have too much for their Bundesliga opposition should consider backing Draw/United at 4/1 (5.00) in the half-time/full-time market. As a value bet, it looks like being a shrewd selection for a small investment.
|Under 2.5 goals at 4/6 (1.67) with Paddy Power
||Draw/United at 4/1 (5.00) with Paddy Power|
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Phil Kitromilides is a sports broadcaster working on radio and TV in London and Madrid. You can also follow Phil on Twitter.