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Roma - Manchester United Betting Preview: Defensive Giallorossi to contain Van Gaal's confident team

Roma - Manchester United Betting Preview: Defensive Giallorossi to contain Van Gaal's confident team

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While Red Devils are waxing lyrical about a devastating attacking performance on their new manager's debut, Al Hain-Cole expects Rudi Garcia's pragmatic approach to rein them in

After kicking off his Manchester United career in spectacular style with a 7-0 victory over LA Galaxy, Louis van Gaal will face a slightly sterner test when his side take on Roma in Saturday’s International Champions Cup clash.

Confidence around Old Trafford is high after such an emphatic start to the Van Gaal era, and the Red Devils are 11/10 (2.10) favourites with bet365 to prolong the honeymoon period with another victory in Denver.

However, having recorded a 1-0 win over Liverpool in their first pre-season fixture on American soil, the Giallorossi are available at 12/5 (3.40) to come out on top against more English opposition, or 12/5 (3.40) to secure a draw.

While pre-season results are rarely given too much notice, you can forgive United fans for getting rather excited after such a resounding debut for their eagerly anticipated boss.

That performance was quite the contrast to last summer’s pre-season opener under the beleaguered David Moyes, when the reigning Premier League champions fell to a meek 1-0 defeat against the modest Singha All Stars in a foreboding precursor of things to come.

Instead, Van Gaal’s team will now take to the field in prime confidence as they prepare to take on an extremely impressive Italian side, who exceeded all expectations in Serie A last season.

Nevertheless, those expecting a similarly barn-storming performance are likely to be disappointed, considering the English side are up against a defence that conceded just 25 times in 38 league matches last season.

Following Wednesday’s win in Boston, Rudi Garcia admitted that he was most pleased with the way his side contained Liverpool’s attack, insisting that defensive solidity is the paramount at this stage of the pre-season when the creative players are yet to find full match sharpness.

With this in mind, his side are likely to set themselves up conservatively on Saturday and look to take the sting out of the game, a plan at which they are extremely adept.

With another tight match therefore in prospect for Roma, even odds (2.00) are well worth backing on them keeping Manchester United excitement in check by restricting the scoreline to under 2.5 goals for the sixth match in eight.

Under 2.5 goals for a 1.5 point stake at Evens (2.00) with bet365

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Al Hain-Cole is an 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.