When Wayne Rooney initially refused to sign a new contract at Manchester United, the striker claimed the squad’s lack of strength was his reason for wanting to do.
Whether his real motivation was more to do with negotiating a higher pay cheque isn’t really the point as he seemed to hit a nerve. Speculation started to gain momentum as many in the media questioned the long term prospects of the club, with Manchester City touted as being primed to take over as top dogs in the north-west.
With Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes on the cusp of retirement, and Edwin van der Sar turning 40 recently, you could forgive United fans for feeling a little anxious after reading these reports. However, after this week’s performance in the Champions League, some fans and members of the press may well have reversed their opinions. The Manchester United betting certainly suggest they will come out on top this season anyway.
Gabriel Obertan in particular was a bright spark for United. Highly thought of by fans, and touted as the next big thing prior to his arrival at Old Trafford, the youngster has been held back by injury problems.
However, on Tuesday he showed his quality in front of goal with a sublime finish from 20 yards out and appeared to be approaching the sort of form and self-belief levels that characterised his game when at Bordeaux. The Champions League betting tips now suggest he can help United push on in the competition.
Bebe was another who showed the United faithful, and Wayne Rooney, that the future is nothing to be fearful of, with a poached goal which topped a decent performance from a player initially ridiculed upon his move to England. If United’s fringe players can continue to impress on a regular basis, they may end up securing another golden era for the club.