Although underperforming in the league, the Red Devils have been in good shape in Europe, and Al Hain-Cole expects them to lift the spirits with a victory
Despite his domestic difficulties, David Moyes has made an encouraging start to life in the Champions League, and his side are 11/10 (2.10) favourites with Betway to seal top spot in Group A with all three points.
A draw would also be enough to see the hosts finish top of the pile, and you can get odds of 12/5 (3.40) on them sharing the spoils for the second time this season against Mircea Lucescu’s men.
The visitors lost 4-0 against Bayer Leverkusen in their last game on the road in this competition, but they are available at 23/10 (3.30) to ensure they finish above the Germans with a shock win against the English champions.
Having already secured a place in the knockout stages following the memorable 5-0 win in Leverkusen, Moyes might have been hoping to rest a few players for this final group fixture.
However, any breathing space the former Everton man may have bought himself with that impressive victory in Germany has since evaporated after two consecutive defeats, and he needs a win more than ever in order to ease the pressure.
Fortunately for the Red Devils, their opponents have struggled to recreate their strong home form on the road in Europe, losing six of their last 10 games and beating only lowly APOEL Nicosia, Nordsjaelland and this season’s whipping boys, Real Sociedad.
What’s more, Shakhtar have been particularly unimpressive on previous visits to England, losing their three trips to date by an aggregate scoreline of 11-5, meaning a much needed morale-boosting win should be in store for United.
With Wayne Rooney also back in the side after missing Saturday’s defeat against Newcastle and Robin van Persie also available for selection, those 11/10 (2.10) odds are not to be missed on the hosts extending their 100 per cent Champions League home record with a timely victory.
|Manchester United to win for a 2pt stake at 11/10 (2.10) with Betway
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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.