Manchester United have been priced at the longest odds to win a match since betting began ahead of tomorrow night's crunch Champions League decider against Bayern Munich, with Ladbrokes offering odds of 10/1 that they will emerge victorious at the Allianz Arena.
United have been roundly written off by British bookmakers despite producing a spirited display in the quarter-final first leg against Bayern Munich last week, taking the lead through Nemanja Vidic before Bastian Schweinsteiger equalised nine minutes later.
David Moyes' men must score against the Champions League holders tomorrow night to keep alive any chance of qualification, but despite a pressing need to chase victory in Bavaria the bookmakers rate their chances as slim to say the least.
A season of unusual mediocrity for United has led Ladbrokes to price even a place in the semi-finals for the Premier League holders at 5/1, despite that feat being achievable with a high-scoring draw or through the potential lottery of extra-time and penalties.
Ladbrokes spokesman Alex Donohue explained the company's reason for such a lofty valuation, telling the Daily Star: "United have never gone into a game with odds anywhere near as big as these in history.
"The participation of Wayne Rooney is key to their chance and price, but even if he's involved they will still find themselves in the unfamiliar position as serious underdogs."
Rooney is facing a fight to be considered fit to start against Bayern with a toe injury, but regardless Pep Guardiola's men promise to offer formidable opposition as they bid to bounce back from their first Bundesliga defeat in 53 against Augsburg last weekend.
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