The announcement earlier this week that Sir Alex Ferguson was to retire from football management came as a shock to many football followers. The Manchester United boss has led his side to dominate the domestic game for the most part of his 27 years in charge at Old Trafford, but can they continue to succeed in his absence?
Punters don’t seem to think so, and United’s main rivals, Manchester City, have been heavily backed to win next season’s Premier League with no Fergie leading the way across the city.
City have been backed down to 7/4 favourites with Betfred to lift the title in 2013/14, with United drifting from 11/8 to 2/1 following the news of Sir Alex’s retirement.
There has also been more support for Chelsea who could possibly be managed by Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho once again in time for the new campaign. The West London club are into 11/4 to win their first league title since 2010.
As for incoming Manchester United manager David Moyes, Betfred have launched a number of specials. They are offering a price of 8/11 for Moyes not to win a trophy in his opening season in charge of Manchester United and Evs for him to do so.
There’s also a market for whether he’ll see out the six-year contract which he has agreed with the club. Betfred are offering 7/4 that he will be in charge for that full stint. And there’s obviously markets for which players he will be looking to bring in with him, and Everton duo Leighton Baines and Maraoune Fellaini are heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford at 7/4 and 4/1 respectively.