2021-22 Premier League Betting Preview – Manchester United

Manchester United 2021-22 betting odds & predictions

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Manchester United 2021-22 Premier League Preview
Will the Red Devils kick on under Ole?

Manchester United finished a whopping 12 points behind 2020-21 Premier League winners Manchester City last term, but it was a real season of progression for the Old Trafford club under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. United finished runners-up to book their spot in the UEFA Champions League group stage once again.

The Red Devils will be hoping to build on and off the pitch during the summer months as they look to close the gap on their neighbours this season. Will the Manchester giants be genuine title contenders in 2021-22?

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2020-21 Review: United finish second

Man United made a woeful start to their 2020-21 Premier League season. The pressure was on Solskjaer from the very first game, as they were beaten at home by Crystal Palace on matchday one. In their second home league match of the season, United were embarrassed by Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham Hotspur, losing 6-1 to the London club.

The Manchester giants lost at home again on 1st November, this time to rivals Arsenal. They finally picked up their first home league victory of the season three weeks later when they edged past West Bromwich Albion thanks to a Bruno Fernandes penalty.

Our betting prediction:
Man United to beat Leeds

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(odds taken 1732 GMT, Monday 21 June)

After that defeat to the Gunners in November, Man United went unbeaten in the Premier League until late January. They were shocked at home by bottom club Sheffield United, but the undefeated run lifted them well up the table. Shortly after that, Ole’s troops walloped Southampton 9-0 at Old Trafford.

Before the UEFA Europa League final with Villarreal, Man United ended their league campaign with just one win from their final four. However, the three points at Wolverhampton Wanderers on the final day preserved their unbeaten away record. Man United picked up 12 wins and drew seven times on the road, with all six of their league losses coming at home.

On the whole, it was a successful Premier League season for United, who finished above the likes of Liverpool and Chelsea. They lost the Europa League final to Villarreal, but Solskjaer’s side booked their spot in the 2021-22 Champions League via the league route.

Our betting prediction:
Man United top four finish

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(odds taken 1741 GMT, Monday 21 June)



2021-22 Fixtures: Opening weekend cracker

Man United kick off their 2021-22 Premier League season with a tasty game against rivals Leeds United at Old Trafford. In the first top-flight meeting between the pair since 2004 last season, the Red Devils romped to a 6-2 win over the Yorkshire side. After playing Leeds, United then have back-to-back away games at Southampton and Wolves.

The first encounter against Liverpool will take place at Old Trafford in October, which they follow up with a trip to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. After that, United welcome Man City to Old Trafford for the first Manchester derby of the season. The reverse match is scheduled to take place at the Etihad Stadium in early March.

Man United’s home campaign ends with a mouth-watering game against Chelsea in mid-May – how significant will that one turn out to be? Their final Premier League match will be against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.

Manchester United Key Facts

  • Man United are the most successful club in England
  • The Red Devils have won 20 English titles
  • United have not won the Premier League since the 2012-13 season
  • Last term was the club’s fourth successive trophyless season


Man United Transfer News: Who is on United’s radar?

As always, Man United have been linked with several superstars during the close season. Real Madrid stalwart defence will be broken up this summer, with both Raphael Varane and Sergio Ramos reportedly set to move on. Naturally, both world-class defenders have been linked with a switch to Old Trafford. The Varane rumours in particular have been gathering pace after the France international allegedly rejected a new deal in the Spain capital.

England international Jadon Sancho has been touted with a move to Old Trafford on a number of occasions. The Borussia Dortmund youngster has been heavily linked to a move to England this summer, and Solskjaer is undoubtedly a favourite of the 21-year-old.

Arguably, United’s best bit of business was sewn up at the end of last season. Back in May, the club managed to persuade Edison Cavani to sign on for another year. The Uruguay international had an exceptional first season in Manchester, and the 34-year-old will be a real asset to the team next season.

Another Fierce Battle for the Top Four: Can the Red Devils secure Champions League football again?

The battle for the Champions League spots went to the wire yet again last season. For the second year running, Leicester City missed out on the final day. Man City and Man United booked their spots in the Europe’s elite club competition early on, while Liverpool and Chelsea snuck in on the last weekend. Who will be United’s top-four rivals this term?

Liverpool Preview: Another top-four finish for the Reds?

Liverpool have had a remarkable couple of years under Jurgen Klopp. They pushed Man City all the way in the 2018-19 campaign before winning the Premier League for the very first time in 2020. Last year was a rollercoaster campaign for the Reds, who made a real pig’s ear of their title defence. Nevertheless, they kicked on in the latter weeks and bulldozed their way into third place.

Liverpool are set to chop and change their squad over the summer as Klopp looks to build a title-challenging XI. Ruling out the Reds is never a good idea, and we are expecting the Merseysiders to be there or thereabouts in terms of the title race this term.

Chelsea Preview: Blues to build under Tuchel

After taking over from the sacked Frank Lampard at the start of 2021, Thomas Tuchel worked wonders at Chelsea. The German boss took the Londoners to an FA Cup final and secured fourth place in the Premier League. Tuchel’s biggest achievement, though, was taking the club to Champions League glory in May. Against the odds, Chelsea beat Man City in the Porto final.

Chelsea spent big last summer under Lampard, bringing several world-class superstars to Stamford Bridge. They are unlikely to spend as much this summer, but a couple of shrewd acquisitions could make Chelsea a force to be reckoned with this term. At the time of writing, Tuchel’s Blues are the second favourites to win the Premier League.

Tottenham Hotspur Preview: Can Spurs get back into the Champions League?

By their high standards, Tottenham had a pretty woeful campaign last time around. The club decided to sack Mourinho just a few days before the EFL Cup final, while they missed out on Champions League football altogether. However, they did book their place in the inaugural UEFA Europa Conference League with a win at Leicester on the last day.

At this moment in time, Spurs have yet to announce their manager for the upcoming season. After Mourinho was relieved of his duties, young Ryan Mason did a sterling job as interim boss. With the right man at the helm, Tottenham are more than capable of breaking back into the top four, even if Harry Kane does move on.

Man United Players to Watch Out For in 2021-22 Season: Another fantastic campaign for Bruno?

Bruno Fernandes had an exceptional first full season at Old Trafford last year, finishing top scorer with a staggering 28 goals to his name. In the Premier League, the Portuguese helped himself to 18. Fernandes has been one of the Premier League’s best buys in recent times, and the attacker is only going to get better and better during his time in Manchester.

Our Manchester United Predictions: Champions League football again

With neighbours Man City set to go from strength to strength, winning the title will surely be a step too far. United could also face a fierce battle with the likes of Liverpool, Chelsea and Tottenham for a place in the top four. Leicester and Arsenal could also have a say.

Ole has had an up and down time since inheriting the managerial reigns at Old Trafford, but his troops are certainly capable of building on their 2020-21 campaign. You can get 2/7 for the Red Devils to finish in the top four. If any United fans are feeling brave enough, though, your club are currently priced at 9/1 to win the Premier League for the first time since 2013.

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