Author: Tony MacDonald
2016/17 Premier League
Published: 11:28 02/09/2014
Radamel Falcao's deadline day transfer to Manchester United has prompted support for the the club from punters in Premier League Outright betting.
Following the Colombian hitman's arrival, the Red Devils have been cut from 20/1 to as short as 12/1 with some firms to be top of the table when the season concludes on 16th May 2015, although Betvictor are quoting a top price of 16/1. Up to the minute odds are shown on the right of this page and as you can see, United have four strong contenders ahead of them in the betting.
Falcao joins a raft of summer signings at Old Trafford as new coach Louis Van Gaal has gone on a spending-spree to rejuvinate the squad. The Dutchman has also signed Angel Di Maria from Real Madrid for a British-record £59.7m, midfielder Ander Herrera for £29m from Athletic Bilbao, left-back Luke Shaw in a £27m from Southampton, £16m Marcos Rojo from Sporting Lisbon and midfielder Daley Blind from Ajax for £13.8m.
Work permit complications and injuries have prevented a number of those new arrivals from having an immediate impact and Man Utd who were unbeaten in pre-season are still yet to win a competitive fixture in this campaign. However, the feeling is that once the new look squad has time to gel and adapt to the Van Gaal philosophy, United will once again be a force to reckon with.
Falcao adds to an abundance of attacking talent at Manchester United and is available to back at a big price of 20/1 with William Hill to be Premier League top goalscorer in 2014/15. Those odds look even bigger when you consider his record of 104 goals in 139 games since moving to Europe in 2009, but remaining fit will be key to Falcao getting the goals that United so deperately need.
The new arrival will face competition for a starting role up-front with newly named captain Wayne Rooney and two-time Premier League Golden Boot winner Robin Van Persie, while Angel Di Maria and Juan Mata will also be vying for the remaining forward places.