United crisis is Turk of the town
Man United take on Turkish side Bursaspor on Wednesday but all the talk this week has centred around the fact that the Red Devils are in the midst of something of a crisis.
Not only have they fallen five points behind Premier League leaders Chelsea but now a row appears to have erupted between manager Alex Ferguson and Wayne Rooney which threatens to end with a big money transfer out of Old Trafford for the scouse striker. Rooney is 2/7 to leave the club in January, a prospect almost unthinkable just a few weeks ago. He is 5/2 to stay.
Relations have become strained between the two following lurid press reports about Rooney's private life and the row is causing unwelcome headlines for the Old Trafford club. It appeared Ferguson had taken the heat off Rooney by resting him for some recent matches but that doesn't seem to have helped matters with Rooney insisting he was not injured, contrary to what Fergie had told the press.
He is just 7/4 to start next season as a Manchester City player, although it is unlikely that Fergie would sanction such a move. A return to his former club Everton is a long shot at 50/1.
All in all it's been a far from ideal start to the season and despite being unbeaten United have looked unconvincing when blowing leads against Everton, Fulham and most recently at home to West Brom on Saturday after being 2-0 up. We don't expect them to overcome their recent problems and remain unbeaten all season, if you disagree you can get a massive 33/1 on that one.
If you fancy United to blow another lead you can back Bursaspor to come from behind and get a point at 11/1. For the more ambitious they are 25/1 to come from behind and win at Old Trafford.
Despite their domestic inconsistency things look a bit brighter for United in Europe, after a disappointing draw at home to Rangers they travelled to Valencia under a bit of pressure in game week two but a late Hernandez strike gifted the Red Devils a smash and grab win which puts them in control of Group C. Hernandez is 28/1 to score the only goal for the second European game running.
This year's Champions League final is at Wembley and Alex Ferguson will be desperate to lead his side in a final there, he would love to repeat United's 1968 European Cup triumph at the stadium when they beat Benfica 4-1 with George Best and Bobby Charlton on the scoresheet.
Despite all the issues surrounding the club Ferguson's men should have enough to see off a Bursaspor side who were beaten by Rangers at Ibrox last time out. United are 2/9 to get the three points.
Javier Hernandez has looked sharp recently and has a good run of games, something any striker needs to find top form, I expect him to score at least one in this game. He is 10/11 to score once but I would go for the 4/1 that he bags two or more.
Since falling to defeat against Rangers the Turkish side have played two domestic games drawing both, if you fancy them to hold United you can get 9/2. Anyone who think's Bursaspor can cause a shock can back them to win at a whopping 14/1.
Overall I think United will win but the bet I would go for is both teams to score at 21/20. It seems certain United will get a couple of goals but they have shown defence frailities recently and visitors could nick a goal. On that basis I would also back over 3.5 at odds of 11/8. The long shot bet would be 4-2 to United at 40/1.
The game kicks off at 19:45 on Wednesday and is live on Sky Sports 2