Having seemingly restored the Red Devils' winning mentality and with Wayne Rooney looking back on form, expect the Dutchman to oversee a third consecutive victoryLouis van Gaal will be hoping to maintain his 100 per cent record as Manchester United manager when his side take on Inter in Tuesday’s International Champions Cup.
The Dutchman has overseen 7-0 and 3-2 victories over LA Galaxy and Roma since taking over so far and is 8/11 (1.73) favourite with Paddy Power to come out on top once again at FedEx Field.
The Nerazzurri have also won all three of their pre-season matches so far, but are on offer at 10/3 (4.33) to end the honeymoon spell with a victory here.
The most recent of those victories was recorded on penalties after a 1-1 draw against Real Madrid in their opening International Champions Cup clash on Saturday and you can get odds of 27/10 (3.70) on them playing out another stalemate here.
After enduring a season of underachievement under David Moyes, who frequently made attempts to play down expectations by putting a positive spin on negative results, United fans will have been encouraged to witness their new boss’ reaction to the win over Roma.
Despite coming out on top against one of Europe’s top performing teams of last season, the former Netherlands coach criticised the performance, blaming the heat for a lack of coherent passing.
Nevertheless, the manager could not hide his pleasure at Wayne Rooney’s contribution, with the England international striking twice and setting up one to make it four goals in two games on the tour so far.
Indeed, it was only after Rooney and eight others in the starting line-up were substituted that the Italians were allowed back into the game to turn a 3-0 deficit into a more respectable 3-2 defeat, so Walter Mazzarri’s side will need to be very wary of their opponents’ star quality when they take to the field on Tuesday.
With the first-team regulars likely to shine once more under Van Gaal’s incessant winning mentality, it is difficult to see them not beating a side that finished 20 points behing Roma in Serie A last season, meaning those 8/11 (1.73) odds are worth backing on Manchester United continuing their winning streak in Maryland.
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