The Dutchman has enjoyed an unbeaten start to life at the helm and is 8/13 (1.62) favourite with Paddy Power to oversee a fifth win in six friendly matches in front of an expectant home crowd.
The visitors arrive in the north west of England after winning the Emirates Cup under Arsenal’s noses last weekend and are available at 7/2 (4.50) to upset another English opponent with a victory here.
Los Che have drawn each of their last two visits to Old Trafford in the Champions League and you can get odds of 13/5 (3.60) on them earning a share of the spoils once again this time out.
After suffering the relatively uninspiring football of David Moyes for the duration of last season, the home fans will be looking forward to seeing some more enterprising play from their team.
It is not only the results that have been most encouraging over the summer but the manner of victories racked up by the Red Devils on their tour of the USA.
Having struck 16 goals in just five games so far, the hosts will be confident of giving themselves a final morale boost in time for this weekend’s big kick-off by overcoming a defence that has failed to keep a single clean sheet so far this summer.
However, to be fair to Nuno Santo’s men, they have also struck 13 times in their six friendlies so far, including five against strong Monaco and Benfica sides at the Emirates, so should provide a considerable threat of their own.
With this in mind, odds of 9/5 (2.80) seem like solid value on Van Gaal getting off to a winning start at old Trafford in a match featuring goals at both ends, particularly with numerous substitutions expected to play havoc with defensive set-ups.
|Manchester United to win and both teams to score for a 1.5pt stake at 9/5 (2.80) with Paddy Power
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