Champions League winner: United odds cut due to Ronaldo return

Champions League winner: United odds cut due to Ronaldo return

Manchester United have been cut to 10/1 in bwin’s Champions League winner predictions after agreeing a deal to sign Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Red Devils are now rated 8/15 favourites to top Group F, which also features Atalanta, Villarreal and Young Boys.

Ronaldo is set to make an emotional return to Old Trafford 12 years after leaving for Real Madrid.

He scored 118 goals during six seasons at United between 2003 and 2009, helping the club win three Premier League titles, a Champions League, the FIFA Club World Cup, two League Cups and one FA Cup.

Former team-mate Gary Neville hailed the Portuguese’s second coming as “fantastic news”, telling Sky Sports: “He will score goals and give them brilliant moments.

“What they’ve done is bolster the squad with a proven goalscorer, a club legend.

“It will give the club an incredible 12 months and United fans are going to be absolutely rocking to see one of their own come back and play.”

Marcus Rashford tweeted: “Wow wow wow, he’s home”, while United team-mate Jesse Lingard added: “VIVA RONALDOOO!!!!”.

Bruno Fernandes, who reportedly spoke to Ronaldo about returning to Old Trafford, tweeted: “‘Agent Bruno’?” alongside emojis of a briefcase and a face with tears of joy. He added: “Welcome back home Cristiano.”

City and PSG drawn together

Neighbours Manchester City are 7/2 to be crowned champions of Europe for the first time after coming out in Group A alongside 11/4 favourites PSG, RB Leipzig and Club Brugge.

Punters can get 9/10 for the French aristocrats to win that pool and 11/10 for the Blues.

Holders Chelsea are in Group H with Juventus, Zenit and Malmo and can be backed at 15/2 to retain the trophy.

Liverpool are 10/1 for a seventh success in bwin’s Champions League winner odds after being paired with Atletico Madrid, AC Milan and Porto.

Bayern Munich are 7/1 to repeat their 2020 triumph after being joined by 20/1 Barcelona, Benfica and Dynamo Kiev.

Real Madrid get a quote of 14/1 to add to their record 13 outright victories from a pool featuring Inter Milan, Shakhtar Donetsk and Tiraspol.

Group C included Sporting Lisbon, Borussia Dortmund, Ajax and Besiktas and Group G has Lille, Sevilla, Salzburg and Wolfsburg.

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