The Red Devils have made some splashes in the transfer market in anticipation of the start of the 2015/16 Premier League season. What are their chances looking like on the soccer odds board?
Right now, the Red Devils are listed fourth on the Premier League futures odds list, behind Chelsea, Manchester City and Arsenal. They're a ways ahead of Liverpool (in fifth), but still find themselves behind the biggest contenders to win the title in 2015/16.
So how exactly are the soccer odds shaping up? United is quoted at just south of +500 at +490 to capture the Premier League crown.
Manchester United: 2014/15 Recap
Considering the Red Devils came away without any silverware last season, as well as the fact they finished fourth in the league, you can see why oddsmakers aren't exactly going all in on their chances for the coming season.
It wasn't the most successful of campaigns, but that's to be expected when some major changes are made, particularly when involving a coach. Louis Van Gaal took a little time to get comfortable in England, but his Red Devils seemed to find their footing as the season wore on, and we know they're always a team that should be taken seriously given their reputation and legacy.
Wayne Rooney led the team in goals (12 in the league, 14 overall), but early exits in the FA Cup and Capital One Cup summed up United's season. The Red Devils simply weren't able to maintain their best quality on a consistent basis, which is why they came up short across the board.
Manchester United: 2015/16 Look-Ahead
The good news for Red Devils fans? There's a lot of reason for optimism heading into the new season, which explains why United is priced out not too far behind the "other three giants" in the Premier League.
What kind of moves were made over the summer? Van Gaal has to be mighty pleased with how his squad is shaping up. But first, let's recap some of the departures. The two biggest names to leave were Robin Van Persie and Nani, both of whom landed with Fenerbache in Turky. Tom Cleverley was also shipped over to Everton.
The Red Devils had little trouble plugging in the missing pieces and bolstering the overall quality and depth of the team, however.
Five new players have arrived in Manchester United and all are well known. The highlights Memphis Depay and Bastian Schweinsteiger, but the additions of Morgan Schneiderlin, Matteo Darmian and Sergio Romero shouldn't go unnotiched either. Depay tore it up in the Netherlands last season and is very familiar with Van Gaal, and the exciting attacker should make an immediate impact alongside Rooney up front. Schweinsteiger is going to go down as one of the best midfielders of all time, and he brings bags of experience to the squad after his time with Bayern Munich and World Cup champions, Germany.
Van Gaal has also already stated that Rooney will be shifting back to his normal striker role, a role in which he excelled in earlier in his career. Rooney figures to get tons of scoring chances and should challenge for the Golden Boot award in the Premier League, provided he avoids major injury.
There's still some uncertainty about goalkeeper David De Gea, but for not he remains a United player, and that's great news for the team considering the Spaniard is one of the best in the business. There are also some question marks defensively, but it's hard to argue with how much talent and experience there is further up in the pitch. This is a formidable squad and one that's going to see plenty of success in 2015/16.
The question is: will the Red Devils do enough to make a futures wager worthwhile? We're not so sure they're going to be able to top the likes of Chelsea and City, so we're not jumping for joy about the number placed on their head on the soccer odds board.