Last night saw Manchester United nervously progress into the quarter finals of the Champions League for a fifth-successive season and a record twelfth time.
A Javier Hernandez brace looked to be sending Manchester United comfortably through before an own goal by Wes Brown in the 83rd minute left Manchester United clinging onto qualification, with Marseille only needing a score draw to progress.
Didier Deschamp’s defending French Ligue 1 champions failed to equalise, and in truth, rarely threatened Edwin van der Sar’s goal much in either leg.
Manchester United were without both Nemanja Vidic and Darren Fletcher, making them vulnerable down the middle like they were exposed at Liverpool 10 days ago in a 3-1 defeat. Even with the highly-rated group of stars including Lucho Gonzalez, Andre-Pierre Gignac, Loic Remy and Mathieu Valbuena, the 1993 winners failed to impress at Old Trafford.
Another lacklustre performance from Manchester United was enough to see them reach the final 8 of the Champions League for the fifth-successive season. They are currently 8/1 fourth favourites, ahead of Friday’s quarter final draw. Barcelona are 13/10 favourites, ahead of two teams looking to book their places in the last 8 this evening; Real Madrid and Chelsea respectively.
This Saturday, Manchester United host Bolton Wanderers in a 3pm kickoff on Saturday at Old Trafford where Sir Alex Ferguson’s side will look to maintain or extend their 3 point lead over Arsenal in the Premier League. This is the first of their 9 remaining league fixtures, having played 1 more game than their London title rivals.
With Manchester City down 2-0 in their Europa League last 16 match, the likelihood of them progressing now is slim, meaning the Manchester derby FA Cup semi final match will more than likely take place on Saturday 16th April (Europa League quarter final 2nd leg date: Thursday 14th April) and not be moved to Sunday to clash with the Arsenal-Liverpool Premier League match. Manchester United are 11/10 favourites to win the FA Cup. Should they eliminate their local rivals, they will play either Bolton Wanderers or Stoke City in the final.
SkyBet have the following odds:
Manchester United to win No Trophies: 7/2
Manchester United to win A Major Trophy: 1/6
Manchester United to win the Premier League: 4/6
Manchester United to win the FA Cup: 11/10
Manchester United to win the Champions League: 15/2
Manchester United to win the Domestic Double: 2/1
Manchester United to win the Treble: 16/1
So, how many trophies do you think Manchester United will win this season? Please vote above.