The Red Devils have not inspired too much confidence in their pre-season friendlies so far, but Al Hain-Cole expects them to take it up a gear as the new campaign approachesAfter putting in some unconvincing performances on their tour of Asia, Manchester United travel to Sweden to take on AIK in their last pre-season friendly on the road.
David Moyes has only won two of his five matches since taking over at Old Trafford, but his side are 1/3 (1.33) favourites with Paddy Power to emerge victorious at the Friends Arena.
However, the hosts are unbeaten in 10 games going into this match, and are available at 13/2 (7.50) to collect their ninth victory in 11 fixtures this evening.
Andreas Alm’s men have drawn four of their last nine games in front of their own fans, and you can get odds of 7/2 (4.50) on them holding their prestigious opponents to a stalemate in this one.
While many of the headlines going into this match surround the absence of wantaway striker Wayne Rooney, the squad travelling to the Swedish capital looks generally to be in stronger shape than the one which was sent to the Far East.
The return of captain Nemanja Vidic should help to shore up the worrying defensive vulnerability which has plagued their previous exhibition matches, and the absence of young attackers Jesse Lingard and Adrian Januzaj will see Robin Van Persie play a bigger role up front.
All in all, a more polished performance is to be expected from Moyes’ men as they approach the serious business of the upcoming season, and even odds (2.00) are not to be missed on them winning by at least two goals tonight.
However, having conceded first in two of their last three games, United will need to be wary of a confident opposing attack that has opened the scoring in eight of their last 10 games, getting the ball rolling within the opening 20 minutes in each of the last three.
With this in mind, it could well be worth having a smaller wager on Gnaget grabbing the first goal in this one, available at tempting 2/1 (3.00) odds.
|Manchester United (-1) at Evens (2.00) with Paddy Power
||AIK to score first at 2/1 (3.00) with Paddy Power|
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