Manchester United’s 2022/23 season – Erik ten Hag’s first in charge at Old Trafford – was not bad by any means. The Red Devils returned to the top four and won the English League Cup, their first trophy since the EFL Cup-Europa League double in 2017 under Jose Mourinho.
Heading into the new season, the Man United fans have all the right to be excited, especially after the summer additions of Mason Mount, Andre Onana and Rasmus Hojlund. The team also showed some promising signs during the pre-season. Nevertheless, the Man United trophy odds do not rank the highest.
List of Man United Trophy Odds
As far as the Man United trophy betting odds go, the English League Cup chances stand the highest. The club is also among the favourites for the Premier League title.
|Man United Trophies||Paddy Power ODDS|
|English League Cup||9.00|
Man United are the most successful club in the history of the Premier League with a total of 20 wins, but their last title dates as far back as the 2012/13 season! The Red Devils had a decent campaign last term, finishing 3rd, but the poor results in the opening weeks resulted in them finishing 14 points behind title-winners Man City, so they were never really in the race.
In the new season, ten Hag’s side is viewed as the 4th top contender for England’s top prize with 9.50 odds, behind Man City, Arsenal and Liverpool. Moreover, there is little skepticism about their chances to finish in the top four, with odds at 1.73.
If Man United want to bring the Premier League title home, they will have to be more consistent this season. There are doubts about whether Hojlund will be able to hit the ground running as he still lacks the experience, but the signings of Onana and Mount will certainly add more class to ten Hag’s roster.
Man United are back in the Champions League after a year’s absence, but it’s been much longer since the club last won the trophy, as their last triumph came in the 2007/08 season. The Red Devils have made the final twice in the coming years (2009 and 2011) but were beaten by Barcelona both times. That was still under Sir Alex Ferguson, though, and since the departure of the legendary manager, the club has never made it past the quarter-finals.
Their chances to win the Champions League this year around are not rated the highest, which is understandable. The team has progressed significantly under ten Hag but it is by no means a polished product.
But as often is the case with knockout tournaments, luck plays an important role, and if Inter Milan made it to the final last season while struggling in Serie A, there is no reason why Man United should not have at least some hope.
Man United is one of the most and least accomplished teams in the history of the FA Cup – the world’s oldest official competition. While winning the cup on 12 occasions (the second-best result after Arsenal’s 14 FA Cups), United have also lost 9 finals, more than any other side.
Last season, Man United reached the final but were marginally beaten 2-1 by their city-rivals. It was a close match, with United registering more shots (13 v 11) than City but with a worse conversion rate. This marked the club’s second consecutive FA Cup final loss after going 2-0 down to Chelsea in 2017/18.
The FA Cup is generally regarded as a higher honour than the English League Cup, and ten Hag winning the tournament this season may be regarded as a small step forward. Besides, it’s been long overdue, as Man United haven’t won it since the 2015/16 season.
English League Cup
The Red Devils won the English League Cup last term, which may partially explain why this tournament ranks atop the Man United trophy odds. Ten Hag's men had a respectable run to the final, eliminating the likes of Aston Villa and Nottingham Forest along the way, and then overcame a solid Newcastle United side (2-0) in the final at Wembley.
United usually go farl in the English League Cup, having reached the final on 10 occasions and coming out as victors six times. However, in the new season ten Hag will be pressured to compete in both the Premier League and the Champions League, so he may choose to rotate the squad in the EFL Cup more often than he did last term. Winning the trophy back-to-back will be no easy task for sure.
Despite Man United’s triumph in the English League Cup from last term and the solid reinforcements during the summer, the bookmakers still see the Red Devils as more likely to go trophyless (1.40 odds) than win any of the competitions named above (2.75).
A season with zero silverware would be no news at Old Trafford, as the club went trophyless in the five seasons prior to ten Hag’s arrival. The Dutch technician will probably be able to keep his job even if he brings the club no trophies, but only as long as he achieves a high finish in the Premier League and reaches the Champions League knockout stage. The pressure on the 53-year-old is definitely not as high as on some of the other managers in England.