When former Barcelona boss, Louis Van Gaal, took over the Manchester Utd hot seat Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers said that he would struggle to cope with the rigors of life in Europe’s toughest domestic competition. The Dutch man laughed off the claims and his CV seems to back up his ability to adapt and win trophies with an attractive style of play. Despite sitting third on the ladder have never looked convincing. Van Gaal has chucked his total football blue print in the bin and taken to throwing the 6ft 5inch Marouane Fellani up front and knocking the ball long allowing the likes of Rooney and Di Maria to feed off the scraps. The style of football on display has even cause club legend Paul Scholes to call them unwatchable.
“It does not give me any pleasure to say that at the moment I am struggling to watch Louis van Gaal’s team with any great enjoyment,” said Scholes in an article for The Independent.
“They beat Burnley on Wednesday but it was Burnley who had by far the best of the first half. At times, United’s football is miserable.”
Despite their struggles Manchester Utd still tend to be number one with the bookies betting tips. They scrape out wins despite being dominated for long periods and it’s no different this weekend as The Red Devils face off against Swansea away. The general consensus is that Van Gaal’s troops are the $2.00 favourites for the win and Swansea $3.75. But Garry Monk’s team are no push overs as they proved with a hard fought 1-0 away win against high flying Southampton just a couple of weeks ago. Since then they have struggled to a 1-1 draw with Sunderland and 2-0 loss to West Brom, which is probably why most of the betting advice says to stay clear of them. But their recent poor form will mean they are looking to bounce back as soon as possible by taking one of the biggest scalps in football. A lot will depend on how their midfield works which is as good as any on its day. If fiery England International Jonjo Shelvey can keep his head along side the classy Gylfi Sigurdsson then this could be the match that Manchester Utd’s 1980s style football falls flat on its face and the bookies betting advice is finally shown up.
My betting tips for this EPL clash are a not so surprising 1-0 win for Swansea with Shelvey getting the all important goal late in the second half.