Betting Special: How will David Moyes fare in his first Manchester United season?

With Sir Alex Ferguson finally having left Old Trafford after 27 years, Al Hain-Cole ponders how his fellow Scot will get on as his successor as he takes charge in 2013-14
The day that we all knew had to come (and yet somehow never really expected to see) has finally arrived. Sir Alex Ferguson has left Manchester United, throwing the club into the unknown for the first time in 27 years.

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Odds from Paddy Power
David Moyes to be at Old Trafford for five years or more 6/1
David Moyes to win over 2.5 trophies 8/15
The Premier League to be Moyes' first trophy 10/11
Manchester United to be knocked out of the Champions League group stage 3/1
Manchester United to finish above Chelsea 50/1
Although new manager David Moyes can only dream of building a legacy anywhere approaching that of his predecessor, Paddy Power have him at 2/9 (1.22) to at least complete one season in command.

Odds of 4/7 (1.57) on the former Everton man remaining at Old Trafford for two years or more demonstrate some confidence but, with 6/5 (2.20) available for three years, 7/4 (2.75) for four years, 9/4 (3.25) for five years and 6/1 (7.00) for over 10 years, he is unsurprisingly not expected to come close to matching Ferguson's longevity.

The Scot will also inevitably struggle to match his countryman's incredible haul of 25 major trophies but odds of 8/15 (1.53) on him delivering a minimum of three pieces of silverware suggest that he should at least partially fill his as yet empty trophy cabinet, with odds of 11/8 (2.38) on offer for him to fail to reach that target.

The Premier League has always been the Red Devils' bread and butter and you can get odds of 10/11 (1.91) on them landing that title before any other, despite the Capital One Cup 10/3 (4.33) and FA Cup 10/3 (4.33) finals usually taking place prior to the end of the season.
Ferguson's one small regret may be only winning the Champions League twice in his time at Old Trafford and Moyes is available at 7/1 (8.00) to lift that trophy before any other.

However, there are 3/1 (4.00) odds on offer for the club to crash out of the Champions League at the group stages this season, a failure that even Europa League success 33/1 (34.00) would probably fail to paper over, as Chelsea found out.

Moyes's appointment was met with far less fanfare than Jose Mourinho's return to Stamford Bridge but the 50-year-old is still expected at 8/11 (1.73) to outdo the 'Special One' next Premier League season, with even odds (2.00) available on the Blues finishing above United for the first time in four years.

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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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