Despite their poor start to the Premier League campaign Manchester United have looked strong in Europe and manager David Moyes believes the club will be serious contenders for the European crown. United are 16/1 with Paddy Power to win the Champions League.
Sitting well down the table and struggling to keep up with the likes of Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea, United’s start to the domestic campaign has been less than perfect for Moyes following his high-profile move to Old Trafford.
Taking over from one of the most successful managers in the sport’s history in the form of Sir Alex Ferguson was never going to be an easy task for the former Everton boss and their performances in the Premier League have shown it may take some time for the team to settle under the 50-year-old. In fact, they are now out to 25/1 in the Premier League outright betting markets.
However, United’s results in Europe have been much more promising and a 1-0 win over Shakhtar Donetsk in midweek has seen the Red Devils progress through to the last 16 of the Champions League as group winners.
The team’s performances away from the Premier League have given Moyes some breathing space, with the media spotlight firmly on the 50-year-old.
United’s shortcomings this term have been well documented with regards to the lack of creativity and drive in midfield but the club will have a chance to amend that come the January transfer window.
Moyes is determined to stay upbeat on his side’s chances of winning silverware this term and has claimed that even in the Champions League they should be feared. He said: “I think we could be classed as one of the favourites.
“We’ll have to improve in order to progress. A club like Manchester United has to be trying to win the trophy.”