Given that their opponents are Wigan Athletic, a side embarking on life in the Championship after relegation marred the euphoria of their FA Cup win last season, it is unsurprising to find United priced at just 3/10 (1.33) with BetVictor for the win.
Their opponents from Lancashire, meanwhile, are offered at 19/2 (10.50) with the draw available at 5/1 (6.00).
Yet despite a change of manager and a summer of hithero ineffective transfer activity United should comfortably overcome Wigan and finding a bet that affords genuine value among the myriad of markets offered by BetVictor is not easy.
However, backing the champions of England to win with a -1.5 goal handicap looks to be an excellent option at 43/50 (1.86).
Indeed, this bet has easily paid out in seven of the last eight meetings between the two sides during which time United have notched 29 goals to Wigan's one.
Though United's pre-season has been far from spectacular, they possess enough quality to outclass Wigan on the big stage and our selection is as logical as it is appealing.
|Manchester United to win with a -1.5 handicap at 43/50 (1.86) 1pts with BetVictor
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Phil Kitromilides is a sports journalist and TV presenter in Madrid