It seems the battle between the Premier League’s Manchester clubs has started even before the new season has begun.
In central Manchester, Betfair have created a giant ‘Welcome to Vanchester’ billboard, mocking Manchester City’s poster with Carlos Tevez when he joined the club in 2009.
During the early hours of the morning, Betfair’s workforce were assembling the huge sign in Manchester Piccadilly Gardens to greet fans as they walked to work.
The Van Gaal Effect
United have enjoyed a strong pre-season with players such as Ashley Young and Wayne Rooney starring. Excitement has gripped the city that United could make something happen this year, and their fans are feeling optimistic.
Betfair have revealed strong odds of 13/2 that Manchester United will beat Manchester City home and away this season.
As well as this, Louis Van Gaal is favourite to be the manager of the month for August at 5/2.
Harry Phillips, Consumer PR Manager of Betfair said, “We are all about excitement at Betfair, Louis Van Gaal’s arrival in the Premier League certainly brings that.
"United struggled last season, but Van Gaal has given them a real lift and we wanted to celebrate what he will bring to the Premier League, he’s 5/2 to be manager of the month in August. The question is will he have the same effect as when Mourinho first took the league by storm.”
It’s easy to see why Betfair have suggested that Van Gaal’s men will have a storming start to the forthcoming Premier league season.
Their first five games include all of the newly promoted sides - Burnley, Queens Park Rangers and Leicester City - and matches against Swansea at Old Trafford and Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.
Those matches are very winnable, on paper of course, but having an elevated level of expectation often leads to a massive downfall as David Moyes regularly found out last year.
The previously mentioned Ashley Young could be like a new signing for United this season. With Van Gaal’s love for any formation that includes wing backs, Young has shown that he can successfully vacate the position.
His two goals against Real Madrid in front of a staggering 109,000 fans at Michigan Stadium were signs that he could be a very important player for the Dutch manager this season. The Red Devils won the game 3-1 against the Spanish giants and looked convincing throughout.