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Man Utd next season specials: Can Red Devils build on FA Cup success?

| 25.05.2016

Lee Gormley | May 23, 2016

Man Utd 2016/17 specials

Following a disappointing fifth-place finish in the Premier League, Manchester United did manage to complete their season on a high note, as they ended their 12-year wait for an FA Cup victory with a dramatic Wembley final win over a defiant Crystal Palace.

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Jason Puncheon’s late strike looked likely of giving Man Utd further misery this term but thanks to a last-gasp equaliser from Juan Mata and a sublime extra-time screamer courtesy of Jesse Lingard, the Red Devils finally lifted the FA Cup again, drawing level with Arsenal as record winners.

Despite securing silverware success in his second season in charge of the club, Dutchman Van Gaal saw his time at the club come to an expected end, with Jose Mourinho now heavily expected to take over at Old Trafford.

Ahead of the 2016/17 campaign, Coral have a host of tasty special prices available on the Red Devils, including a promising evens on them securing any major trophy next season, with ‘the Special One’ set to gracing the Old Trafford dugout then.

Can the Red Devils reign supreme?

With Manchester City having snapped up former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola as their new manager, the possible arrival of Mourinho will renew the pair’s long-standing rivalry, adding fuel to the fire as they potentially prepare to clash within the same city next season.

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That coaching match-up will only boost the excitement and tenacity surrounding derby day in Manchester, with the Red Devils hoping that their recent FA Cup triumph than set them on the path back towards sustained silverware success.

They will enter the 2016/17 season at 6/1 to lift the Premier League title for the first time since Sir Alex Ferguson retired in 2013, but their odds of 8/11 on not winning a major trophy next term prove how far they have fallen in recent years.

Although, Van Gaal’s last act as boss could inspire the club on to recapture their status as number one team in the country, but it may take some rebuilding in the summer from imminent boss Mourinho. Having now equalled Arsenal’s 12 total FA Cup crowns, the Old Trafford outfit are also 13/2 to do what their rivals did in 2015 and retain the trophy.

European success on the horizon?

Liverpool’s passionate run to the Europa League final this year may have left a lasting affect on many teams within the Premier League, as their defeat to Sevilla saw just how much the competition actually means.

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It’s one that Man Utd will be taking part in next campaign too after missing out on the Champions League places, and they are 7/1 to go one better than their rivals by lifting the Europa League crown in 2017.

Europe’s elite club competition is always a priority for serial-winner Mourinho and, if he is the man in the Man Utd hotseat next season, he may not hold the Europa League in as high regard, though the club is 40/1 to record a league and European double.

Meanwhile, a Capital One Cup coup for the Red Devils can be had at 7/1, while they are 1000/1 to clean up on the silverware front next season by claiming a quadruple in what is sure to be an intriguing campaign on the red half of Manchester.


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Lee Gormley

Lee joined the Coral team in 2014 after studying at Leeds Trinity University, having moved across the water from Ireland, and has plenty of industry experience from his time with various news outlets in both England and Northern Ireland. After graduating with a BA Honours degree in Sports Journalism, he has since become an important member of the talented sports desk, passionately covering boxing, football and snooker, among many other sports. Lee is also a massive Manchester United and Republic of Ireland fan, but curbs any bias during his work, and outside of his job can be found regularly taking part in sport himself, such as boxing, GAA and football.