Man Utd’s Top Four Odds Halved Since Solksjaer Appointment

Man Utd’s Top Four Odds Halved Since Solksjaer Appointment

Three wins out of three for interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has done wonders for Manchester United’s chances of finishing in the Premier League’s top four, according to the bookmakers’ odds.

Ladbrokes had made United 7/1 to finish in the Champions League positions on December 17, the eve of Jose Mourinho’s sacking following defeat to Liverpool, but have since slashed that price to 7/2.

United’s odds have been halved on the back of three convincing wins on the spin against Cardiff (1-5), Huddersfield (3-1) and Bournemouth (4-1), although they remain in sixth position in the table.

However, fellow top four hopefuls Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham have all lost within that period, edging United closer to the chasing pack, but still eight points shy of the fourth-placed Blues.

That said, it’s still a far cry from what expectations were before the Premier League campaign started, when United were thought to be title contenders and were 2/7 to finish in the top four, an exact odds reversal of where they are at right now.

United’s recent upturn in fortunes has led some fans to ponder whether the club could actually have mounted a serious title challenge this season had they changed manager sooner, having been around 8/1 third favourites in pre-season. They are now as long as 500/1 with BetVictor.

Man Utd January Transfer Targets

As we move into 2019, thoughts will now turn to who United should look to buy in the January transfer window, with centre-half a key position the club desperately lack quality in.

That has prompted suggestions United could look to complete a deal for Napoli’s in-demand Senegal international Kalidou Koulibaly although the transfer fee could cost the club up to a reported £100million.

Toby Alderweireld is an alternative option, although United may prefer to wait until the summer to sign the Belgium international as he’ll have a £25m release clause by then.

United are currently 10/1 (Betway) to sign first-choice Koulibaly in January but, either way, interim manager Solskjaer recognises the need for reinforcements having been left frustrated at his side’s inability to keep a clean sheet in his first three games in charge.

Solskjaer Wants First Clean Sheet

“You always look for improvements,” he told Man Utd’s official website.

“You can’t switch off for one second in this league, you cannot switch off. We looked from the side-line what they were going to do and it happened, a great touch by the kid [David Brooks, who crossed for Nathan Ake's header], but I have to say it was a very, very good performance [against Bournemouth].

“We are looking for that clean sheet, we are looking for that foundation to let those front four just go and enjoy themselves because when you know you are keeping a clean sheet at the back, it is easier to perform and to create chances, nothing is rushed. It was a really, really good performance. The crowd were enjoying it.

“Now Newcastle is the next one, that’s a challenge, that’s a different kind of test.”

Coral make United 31/20 to keep a clean sheet away to Newcastle on Wednesday. The Magpies have scored only 15 league goals so far this campaign, only bottom club Huddersfield have netted fewer (12).

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