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Betting Special: Manchester United 20/1 to win the Champions League after appointing Solskjaer

11:05 SAST 2019/03/28
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Manchester United 2018-19
Having won 14 of his 19 matches in all comeptitions since taking charge, the 46-year-old boss has been handed a permanent contract at Old Trafford

Even the most optimistic Manchester United supporter would have struggled to predict the miraculous turnaround overseen by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

The Old Trafford hierarchy have now appointed the 46-year-old has been handed a three-year contract to take over on a permanent basis.

Having been installed as interim boss on December 19 after Jose Mourinho's sacking, Solskjaer has won 14 of the 19 games he's taken charge of – a win rate of 73.7 per cent.

While it's unrealistic to expect the Red Devils to continue in such emphatic form, the turnaround has been remarkable.

Having overcome a 2-0 first leg deficit in the Champions League last 16 tie with Paris Saint-Germain, bet365 offer 20/1 (21.0) that United go on to win the competition.

That will prove a tough task, especially with Barcelona awaiting the three-time European champions in the next round. It's 3/1 (4.0) that the Premier League side progress to the semi-finals where they would square off against the winner of Ajax's clash with Juventus.

The domestic picture looks much brighter under Solskjaer, too. When Mourinho left, United were 11 points behind fourth place. bet365 made a top four finish a 14/1 (15.0) chance at that stage but those odds have been cut repeatedly as their results drastically improved.

Since Solskjaer's arrival, no top-flight team has picked up more points than Manchester United's tally of 32. Title challengers Liverpool (31) and Manchester City (30) come next over that time frame but the Reds have played a game more than their rivals.

Although their last Premier League outing ended in a 2-0 defeat at Arsenal, Solskajer's opening 12-match unbeaten run after taking over is the joint-most of any boss at a Premier League club, level with Maurizio Sarri's opening dozen clashes with Chelsea.

While the Red Devils are still outside the coveted four spots, they trail the Gunners by only two points with eight games of the campaign to play. The same firm are now 5/4 (2.25) about United finishing inside the Champions League places.



 

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