Despite the recent doom and gloom, a ray of sunshine managed to pierce the clouds late last week and find its way to Old Trafford, as Erik ten Hag was confirmed the new permanent manager of Manchester United
Evidently, it’s not going to be an overnight fix, but talk of squad overhauls, even revolutions, are afoot. Indeed, the fast-approaching summer transfer window may prove the most important of the post-Ferguson era.
But despite hope from United fans that these things can be accomplished with great haste, there still remains the undeniable truth that it will likely take years to claw back the gap to Liverpool and neighbours Man City.
So, what can Ten Hag and United achieve in the short term? Let’s take a look at some of our specials.
Man Utd To Finish In Top 4 In Premier League In 2022-2023 – 1/2
This is the most realistic target – but would it be enough? Some United fans who have seen some of the most recent performances may say yes, especially given the ever-increasing competitive nature of the Premier League.
A squad overhaul before solidifying themselves in the Champions League might be just the ticket.
Man Utd To Win First 3 PL Matches In 2023-2023 – 4/1
We’re yet to see the fixture list for next season, which is exactly why this one could be very tempting.
4/1 for Manchester United to win three games in a row is something that was taken for granted for so long, but given there may be a mass change of playing staff the question is – will Ten Hag and co be able to have an instant impact?
Man Utd To Win Europa League 2022-2023 – 7/1
Assuming the club qualify for the Europa League, a trophy in Europe’s second competition may be an ideal first season for Ten Hag and his new set-up.
It will be five years this summer since United have lifted a major honour – in fact, it was this very trophy under Jose Mourinho in 2017. It didn’t do much for ‘The Special One’, but it could do wonders for the Dutchman.
Man Utd To Win League Cup 2022-2023 – 10/1
Another competition that would be the perfect ‘starter trophy’ for the new regime is the League Cup. The problem is their neighbours City having an unquenchable thirst for trophies, and almost always take the League Cup seriously. Liverpool grabbed it this season of course, but traditionally it’s been on the back-burner for Jurgen Klopp’s side.
Man Utd To Win Fa Cup 2022-2023 – 10/1
Should United fail to qualify, or fall out of Europe early in the season, a route to the FA Cup could open up while the other big clubs compete on the European stage. But again, they’d have to beat the likes of Chelsea, who have made at least the final in five of the last six seasons.
Man Utd To Win First 5 PL Matches In 2023-2023 – 16/1
Much like our ‘first three’ special, this all depends on the fixture list. But again, concerns remain over the ability of a re-shaped squad to come together this quickly, and the odds are that United will likely face a good team in their first five.
Man Utd To Beat Liverpool Home & Away In PL 2022-2023 – 16/1
If you’ve watched recent meetings between these two sides, you may scoff at the idea of United beating their great rivals both home and away next season. However, even at their lowest, United are certainly capable of a shock or two – and 16/1 is a big price.
Man Utd To Beat Man City Home & Away In PL 2022-2023 – 20/1
Ignoring this season, United’s recent clashes with City have been a little different to that of those against Liverpool in that they’ve enjoyed some notable successes against Pep Guardiola’s side. It will be fascinating to see Ten Hag go toe-to-toe with the Blues’ boss next season, given their similar styles.
Man Utd To Win Premier League 2022-2023 – 20/1
There’s optimism, and then there’s ……
Even those with the most powerful rose-tinted spectacles might need some persuading here. And yet ..… since the Premier League’s inception in 1992/93, United have won the title on no fewer that THIRTEEN occasions. A fourteenth might be stretching it a tad, but there’s nowt so daft as sport.
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