There is no doubt that the season 2012/2013 will be crucial for Manchester United. Last year they lost the title in the most unfortunate way with two goals in the last seconds. What is even more bitter for Sir Alex Ferguson, Wayne Rooney and company is the fact that the first place went to the neighbors of Manchester City.
The first opponent United will face this year is the team of Everton and the match will take place in Liverpool. One can hardly find a more troublesome opponent and stadium for the first match than Everton. They are willing to do everything possible to stop United from the outset and they have the class to do it. David Moyes’s team is well grouped and with the return of Steven Pienar and Nikola Jelavic in attack is a threat to any defense in the Premier League.
Manchester United make the transfer shock for this season, drawing in the team Robin van Persie from Arsenal. He comes to the Reds for the amount of 20 million pounds, which if he doesn’t get any of his typical injuries surely will be paid off with interest.
However, it is highly unlikely for van Persie to start in this match, and even if he makes it, it is unlikely to be particularly effective because of the lack of ball minutes with the other players of United. Van Persie’s role will be to score goals and this is exactly what is missing for the Ferguson’s boys in the last matches. The friendly matches showed it. They also showed that Nani is not particularly inspired to play and the other strikers and midfielders failed to do what they should do.
Where are the chances for Everton? With its cohesive team and every player willing to fight at 100 percent with every opponent they have very good chances to take something from this match. The plus for them is the fact they will be the hosts, the good bond between the lines and the lack of such in the opponents.
If this match is played in September, then in any case I wouldn’t bet in that way, but today I bet boldly in favor of Everton with Asian handicap of +0.5;+1 goal, which gives odds of 1.7.