Top Three Finish Demanded by Man United Owners But Bookies Are Doubtful
Manchester United’s owners have told Coach Louis van Gaal that they expect the team to finish in the Premier League’s top three this season. The statement came after they predicted a 10% drop in revenues following the team’s failure to qualify for Europe.
United’s forecast revenue for this financial year is between £385 million and £395 million, a fall of up to £48 million. However, it is based upon the team securing automatic qualification for the Champions League by finishing in the top three.
However, the bookies aren’t confident that this will happen. In the top three finish betting markets Manchester United is fifth favourite to secure a top three place behind Chelsea, Manchester City, Liverpool and Arsenal. Most bookies are giving the team odds of around 11/5 while Chelsea and Manchester City have odds of 1/12 and 2/11 respectively.
The players will certainly be motivated to reach the Champions League as the owners have said there won’t be any salary rises unless this happens. Nonetheless, after the team’s shaky start to the season it is clear that that they have a significant amount of work ahead of them.