Sir Alex Ferguson wants to win the back-to-back games against bottom of the table Bursaspor and reach the magical 10 point figure that normally assures progress from the Champions League group stage.
Online bookmakers are offering free bets to new customers and special money back offers for the Champions League Group C game between Manchester United and Bursaspor at Old Trafford on Wednesday night.
Victory in Valencia got United back on track after the goalless home draw against Rangers in the opening group match had raised concerns about their Champions League fate.
Sharing top spot with four points United can ensure progress with victories against the group’s whipping boys, Bursaspor.
The Turkish champions have failed to score so far in the competition having suffered a comprehensive 4-0 defeat at home to Valencia before a 1-0 reverse at Ibrox against Rangers.
In the Premier League, United have developed a habit of throwing away two goal leads but their defence is yet to be breached in two Champions League games and the Turks don’t appear to have the strike power to spoil that record.
Bookmakers are realists and it is difficult to complain about the 1/4 odds offered by the more generous firms, including bet365 who also bet 13/8 United to overcome a theoretical 2 goal start for Bursaspor.
England striker Wayne Rooney will miss the match with an ankle knock picked up in training on Tuesday, but Ferguson won’t be concerned about his side’s ability to find the net without him on Wednesday.
Dimitar Berbatov has come to the fore as Rooney’s form has taken a dip and Javier Hernandez is emerging as a potent goal threat.
Goals have been coming regular enough for the Red Devils but a catalogue of unusual defensive errors has been holding back their Premier League challenge.
Rio Ferdinand has returned and with a couple of games now under his belt he will soon have normal service restored.
United have shown a weakness to crosses and Patrice Evra will need to be on his game to quiet Bursaspor’s dangerman, right winger Volkan Sen.