Man United Betting

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The glorious history of Manchester United traces back to 1902, when John Henry Davies invested in Newton Heath and changed the club’s name. The revitalised team climbed into the First Division of British football in 1905-06 and quickly went on to success after success, claiming the League Championship in 1907-08, winning the Charity Shield at the end of that season and then taking the FA Cup in 1909.

A century later, the Red Devils’ list of accomplishments is simply without equal. The Club’s trophy room attests to 19 #1 finishes in the top flight of league football, four League Cups, eleven FA Cups, 19 Charity/Community Shields and three UEFA Champions League titles. And don’t forget the Intercontinental Cup won in 1999 and the FIFA Club World Cup that was added in 2008.

Not every decade has been superlative, of course. The 1920s and 1930s were all about survival. Losing records, relegation and a dwindling fan base quite nearly forced the Club out of business. It was only after World War II that the Reds’ found their feet, and even then they stumbled now and then, especially during the 1980s.

In 1991, Man Utd returned to European competition after five-year hiatus. Shaking off the rust, the boys went all the way to the final of the European Cup Winners Cup to defeat Barcelona in Rotterdam. They also took the UEFA Super Cup that year, beating the European champions, Red Star Belgrade, by a score of 1-0.

Since the turn of the new millennium, Manchester United has proven to be the team to beat. In 1999-2001, they pulled off the Premier League hat-trick with three consecutive titles. They won it again in 2003 and then manhandled all comers for second hat-trick in 2007-09. Lest anyone think that was the end of their devilish dominance, the Reds did it once more.

The 2010-11 Barclays Premier League title was particularly special, because it ended Liverpool’s claim to being the best club of all-time in British football. The Man Utd championship total now includes the 12 Premier League titles since 1992 plus seven First Division Championships in the prior era.

Accounting for this success is not difficult. The Man Utd roster has included some of the world’s very best players over the years, such as David Beckham, Ronaldo, Ryan Giggs, Rooney and Owe, to name a few. They’ve also benefited from the peerless leadership of manager Sir Alex Ferguson, who rebuilt the Club from 1986 onward.

Sir Alex’s contribution is remarkable, indeed. Over the past quarter century, he has demonstrated again and again his talent for team building. As a tribute, the North Stand at Old Trafford has been renamed the Sir Alex Ferguson Stand—the first time in 101 years that a stand has been named after an individual. In addition, a statue of the manager has been commissioned, with the unveiling scheduled August 2012.

High street bookmakers have not quite known what to do about ante-post wagering on the Red Devils. Apart from the usual short odds on Manchester United and long odds on all of the other clubs, they have also been offering a “Not Man Utd” market to attract some wagering away from the steadfast favourite.

Game to game, the Reds are almost always heavily backed, both at home and away. Spread betting helps balance the book to some degree, but the public’s enthusiasm for the consistent winner is hard to dampen. It simply doesn’t pay to wager against them.

According to one noted handicapper, “You can never go wrong as a U.K. punter to bet on Manchester United … they are the ones who are either winning or are runner-ups in recent times. You can bet on any league they are competing in and you will not go wrong.’

Assuming the Reds are “a sure thing” on any given day, the obvious way to increase the odds and make even more off their success is to wager on doubles and accumulators that feature the club as an anchor. To use a Poker analogy, betting on Man Utd is like having an Ace in the hole.