7/25 - United to win
19/4 - Draw
31/4 - Galatasaray to win
29/10 - United to win 2-1, 3-1 or 4-1
23/2 - United to win 4-0
3/1 - van Persie to score first
16/1 - van Persie hat-trick
Odds correct at time of writing. For latest prices, see ManUtd.com/bet.
Odds correct at time of writing. For the latest, see ManUtd.com/bet.
Memories of 1993/94 – and of last season’s group-stage failure – will abound as United kick off the latest bid to win a fourth European Cup.
The experience of facing Galatasaray for the first time 19 years ago is unlikely to be forgotten by the Reds‘ personnel, especially the 'Welcome to Hell' banners that greeted (in the loosest sense of the word) Sir Alex’s newly-crowned Premier League champions in Istanbul.
United exited the competition that night in 1993, after a 0-0 stalemate in the cauldron of the Ali Sami Yen Stadium, but it was the three away goals conceded at OT that did the damage. The Reds will be highly motivated to avoid a repeat of that outcome, especially with another 3-3 home draw – against Basel – still painfully fresh from 2011/12.
A look at the match odds with bwin suggests United will start the 2012/13 campaign with a victory . The Reds are 7/25 to claim three points on Wednesday night, with the draw at 19/4 and Galatasaray priced up at