LA Galaxy - Manchester United Betting Preview: Expect plenty of goals on Van Gaal's debut

With the Dutchman bound to experiment as he looks to establish his strongest side, Al Hain-Cole expects the presence of some high profile attackers to spell a high-scoring match
Louis van Gaal makes his long awaited bow as Manchester United manager with a friendly against LA Galaxy at the Rose Bowl in California on Wednesday night.

Great things are expected of the Dutchman after his promising performance with the Netherlands at the World Cup, and he is available at 1/2 (1.50) with Paddy Power to get off to a winning start this evening.

Their opponents suffered a first defeat in nine MLS games last weekend and are on offer at 4/1 (5.00) to spoil the party by coming out on top here, or 3/1 (4.00) to claim a hard fought draw.

After watching their manager in waiting come up with some surprising tactical innovations during the World Cup, United fans will be waiting to discover how he sets the team up for the first time tonight.

However, the choice of formation is not the only uncertainty heading into this clash, as much will be made over who the veteran manager selects as his captain following the departures of experienced pros such as Nemanja Vidic, Rio Ferdinand and Patrice Evra.

Considering Robin Van Persie’s close relationship with his compatriot, the striker seems like a strong candidate, much to the displeasure of Wayne Rooney.

Such is Rooney’s determination to make a strong impression on his new boss that the England international is reportedly determined to feature this evening, despite only recently returning from a disappointing World Cup campaign.

With big names therefore set to feature in attack and plenty of tactical experimentation bound to take place, an unsettled and open match seems destined to provide plenty of goalmouth action.

Having failed to score just twice in their last 11 league matches, Los Galacticos certainly boast the firepower to take advantage of any defensive uncertainty, while only two clean sheets in 15 suggests that 6/4 (2.50) odds are well worth a pop on over 3.5 goals being scored.

That bet would have paid out in two of the Galaxy’s last four matches, as well as each of the Red Devils’ previous four friendlies against North American opposition.

Over 3.5 goals for a 1.5pt stake at 6/4 (2.50) 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.