Man Utd face Hannover with Fergie still second best in Premiership title challenge

Manchester United continue their pre-season preparations this weekend with Bet365 announcing a new free bets offer as the Red Devils take on Bundesliga side Hannover 96 on Saturday evening.

Sir Alex Ferguson’s men obviously have big ambitions for the upcoming campaign, with one of their biggest priorities to win back their Premier League title from local rivals Manchester City, as bookmakers still have Utd in a firm second place favourite in the running for the Premiership title.

With this in mind, a good start to the domestic season is crucial and therefore, being sharp at this stage of proceedings is very important. Ferguson will have his players focused and will demand a professional performance this weekend.

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It is also the chance for United’s players to impress their manager ahead of the new season. Competition for places is always fierce at Old Trafford and with new signings still to come, players need to prove their worth.

So far in pre-season, Manchester United have been solid and injury-free. This is very important of course, but the Red Devils would like a few more goals before the season’s opener and perhaps some will come this weekend.

As for Hannover, they will see this weekend’s contest as a decent chance to assess themselves against one of the best teams in Europe. Having finished 7th in the Bundesliga last year, they will be after further improvement to push for one of the European positions.

They have already been in competitive action this season – in the Europa League – so they should be reasonably sharp for this contest. It is their last friendly before the league season gets underway too, so they will want a positive performance.

After all, if they can beat Manchester United, they will perhaps use this when they come up against the likes of Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga. It is a chance for them to show what they are made of.

Overall, Manchester United are the favourites, but you never know what will happen in terms of a result at this stage. One thing for sure is that both teams will be stepping things up gear in preparation for their respective domestic campaigns.

Tommy graduated from Sheffield University in 2009 with a Journalism degree and has worked in various professional industry posts including the football print media.