That defeat was the second in three games under David Moyes, but his side are 1/3 (1.33) favourites with BetVictor to raise the spirits with victory at Nagai Stadium.
The hosts defeated today’s previous opponents at home just two weeks ago, and are available at odds of 6/1 (7.00) to replicate their achievement by beating the English champions.
Only two sides have drawn more games than the hosts in this season’s J-League, and you can get odds of 15/4 (4.75) on them holding their venerable opponents to a stalemate in front of a sellout crowd.
Any United fans feeling a little uneasy after seeing the club’s most successful manager of all time replaced by a man who is yet to win a major trophy in 15 years of management would have little cause for encouragement after their opening three pre-season fixtures.
While results are of little importance in exhibition matches, it is nevertheless disconcerting when the champions of England slip to two defeats in three games against hardly prestigious opposition, particularly when they give goals away so generously.
The Red Devils are yet to keep a clean sheet under the notoriously scrupulous former Everton boss, and have leaked five goals in three games against Singha All-Stars, the A-League All-Stars and Yokohama F-Marinos.
Defensive solidity is never helped by the numerous substitutions that are so typical of pre-season, and Moyes has already hinted that he intends to rotate his squad once again in Osaka in order to avoid exhaustion in the heat.
With this in mind, odds of 4/6 (1.67) seem solid enough for the game to contain at least four goals, especially as Manchester United have failed to contain sides who are arguably lesser opposition than Cerezo Osaka in recent weeks.
|Over 3.5 goals at 4/6 (1.67) with BetVictor
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