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The Jose Mourinho era at Manchester United began this week and the self-appointed Special One has a habit of getting fans on side by winning a trophy in his first full season.
Mourinho’s opening entire term in charge of Porto, Chelsea and Internazionale each resulted in at least domestic league title glory, while his first full season as manager of Real Madrid ended with the Meringues lifting the Spanish Copa del Rey silverware. Mourinho has a proud history of making an immediate positive impression when he enters a new club.
Manchester United supporters are desperate to witness some success in Mourinho’s debut term as Red Devils boss. That Manchester United secured the English FA Cup in Louis van Gaal’s final game was scant consolation for the three poor seasons that it had experienced under the Dutchman and the coach whom he replaced, David Moyes. Manchester United fans want to see their team return to the top of not only English football but also European football but Mourinho will need some time to work his magic. Winning a trophy – most likely one of the English cups – ought to buy Mourinho that time.
Next season’s English Premier League is a stacked heat in which as many as seven sides – Arsenal, Chelsea, Leicester, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham – may challenge for the championship and, remember, the Red Devils finished 15 points behind the Foxes in fifth place last term. It would be a remarkable achievement if Mourinho led Manchester United to the English Premier League crown next season and such is the Special One’s pragmatism that one suspects that he will focus more energy on England’s knockout competitions than his peers, particularly because the Red Devils will not play UEFA Champions League matches unlike Arsenal, Leicester, Manchester City and Tottenham.
BetVictor is offering odds of 6/5 2.20 +120 1.20 1.20 -0.83 that Manchester United wins at least one major trophy out of the English Premier League, English FA Cup, English EFL Cup and UEFA Europa League next term. That in itself is not a bad offer but one’s headline selection is Mourinho to lead Manchester United to English EFL Cup success, succeeding Manchester City as the champion in the tournament’s 57th edition.
Manchester United’s UEFA Europa League participation means that it will enter the English EFL Cup in the third round, otherwise known as the last 32. Therefore, Manchester United will have to win five ties to win the English EFL Cup for the fifth time in its history. Mourinho demonstrated during both of his Chelsea tenures that he respects the English EFL Cup more than most his contemporaries, which explains why the Blues won the competition in each of the three seasons that they took out the English Premier League under the Special One. Mourinho hates losing so much that, unlike Arsene Wenger, he always names starting line-ups that he believes has the ability to win the game in question.
Early betting on the English EFL Cup sees many bookmakers, including Totesport and Unibet, listing Manchester United at odds of 8/1 9.00 +800 8.00 8.00 -0.13 . One was expecting for Manchester United to be the English EFL Cup favourite in light of Mourinho’s record and that punters wishing to support the Red Devils would have to take odds no greater than 6/1 7.00 +600 6.00 6.00 -0.17 .
The English EFL Cup first round will kick off in early August and the final is set for Sunday 26 February at Wembley Stadium. The English EFL Cup semi-finals will take place over two legs but every other round, including the final, will be settled on the day using extra time and penalty shootouts as per football’s normal conventions.
Manchester United to Win the EFL Cup
Odds: 8/1 9.00 +800 8.00 8.00 -0.13
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