Fans tip United for European glory


Manchester United have been tipped by fans to be England's leading challengers for European silverware this season.

A poll of over 26,000 fans conducted by GMF found that 41% believe the Red Devils have the best chance of European glory this season.

United travel to Amsterdam tomorrow to face European giants Ajax in their Europa League round of 32 tie. It is the first time United, who are 6/1 second favourites to lift the trophy, have played in the second tier of European competition since 1995.

And fans believe that being in the perceived easier competition increases Sir Alex Ferguson's side's chances of lifting a European trophy.

Fears that the Manchester club would neglect the competition, in favour of concentrating on their title bid, were allayed earlier on Wednesday following the selection of a strong looking 20-man squad to fly to Holland.

Chelsea (33%), who have remained in the Champions league, have the second best chance of lifting a trophy on the continent according to the poll.

The Blues face Napoli in the round of 16 next week, and are 14/1 fourth favourites to lift the European Cup in Munich on May 19.

Under pressure manager Andre Villa Boas will be hoping that a strong performance in Europe will inject life into his sides woeful domestic form.

The West London side fell out of the Champions League places at the weekend, following a 2-0 loss at Everton.

Arsenal and Manchester City are less likely to be leading the chase, according to fans, polling 17% and 9% respectively.

The Gunners are still in Europe's stellar competition, and take on Italian giants AC Milan over two legs.

However, with the likes of Barcelona, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich expected to dominate the later stages of the tournament, the North London club have been handed odds of 20/1 by bookmakers.

Despite fans misgivings, City are still favourites for the Europa League. They travel to face holders FC Porto in Portugal tomorrow. But fans believe the Premier League title race will prove too demanding for the Citizens.

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