The deal transferring Pedro to Manchester United could be completed this week.
Barcelona’s World Cup winning forward made two remarkable things on Tuesday. First, he asked his club to let him go, as Barcelona has been in talks with Manchester United recently about a possible transfer,
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gambling news report. Second, he scored the match-winning goal against Sevilla in a 5-4 thriller. His goal in Tbilisi meant that he won the UEFA Super Cup for Barcelona with a 115th minute strike for a second time in his career. He did the same six years ago, when he scored against Shakhtar Donetsk in Monaco, with five minutes to go in overtime. Then it was the only goal of the game, now it was the ninth.
Pedro might have started if his departure is not on the table
Though Neymar was left out due to mumps, Pedro did not make the starting eleven. Young Brazilian Rafinha started alongside Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez in the forward line, with all three getting on the scoresheet in the first 52 minutes. Messi managed to score twice from free-kicks in the opening 16 minutes. Pedro probably wouldn’t even participate in the match if it didn’t go into overtime. However, Sevilla were able to come back after being down 4-1, and an extra 30 minutes needed to determine the winner of the UEFA Super Cup final.
Luis Enrique probably did not want to risk an injury as the Pedro to Manchester United transfer was around the corner. However, soon after extra time started, he deployed the experienced forward. It was a reasonable decision, since the 28-year-old has scored in every club competition he participated throughout his career. In the 115th minute he was in perfect position once again, smashing home the winner from a rebound that came after a Messi shot. According to mobile betting experts, it was his final goal in a Barcelona shirt, as the deal sending Pedro to Manchester United seems to be imminent.
Pedro was able to bid Barcelona farewell in a fashion that just a few players were able to do before. It wrapped up his seven-year-long spell with the first team of La Blaugrana perfectly. He was never considered as one of the biggest stars of the team, yet he was always able to adapt to new roles and hit many important goals. Many times as a starter, but recently he mainly participated coming in from the bench. Yet, he deserves a starting role, and after he won all available silverware at least twice with Barcelona, he needed an elite team that granted him a place in the first XI.
Pedro to Manchester United can happen for more opportunities
Actually, he would be a starter probably in any team let alone Barcelona. But he couldn’t compete for a place against Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez or Neymar. There are very few players around the globe who could do that. So, it seems that he will have a shot at another league’s title soon in a Manchester. Many of those, who bet on sports in the UK expects that young Belgian attacker Adnan Januzaj will be loaned if that happens.
It is reasonable, as the wide forward or attacking midfield positions will become crowded. Louis van Gaal will be able to choose from Memphis Depay, Juan Mata and Ashley Young besides Januzaj and Pedro, and maybe in some games he will also consider Marouane Fellaini. This is six players for two or three positions, depending on the actual formation. The season is long though, and United is back in the Champions League, so Van Gaal will need depth in his squad for sure.
Man United need a striker
The Pedro to Manchester United move might surprise many customers of internet betting in the UK. The Red Devils are lacking depth up front, as they have only two natural goalscorers in Wayne Rooney and young James Wilson. Therefore it was expected that Van Gaal will bring in a highly rated striker. Though Pedro is also able to play that position, he is the best when drifting in from the flanks.
Nevertheless another top quality versatile forward can be useful in a forward line, where players interchanging positions often. Since Pedro is confident in every attacking position and perfect in ball retention, he would be undoubtedly a great addition to the new-look Man United. He won’t be a flop like Di Maria, according to internet betting experts, since he is coming from a team that plays in a similar style to Manchester United. He would certainly boost the Red Devil’s chances to win a trophy this season.
Manchester United are fourth favorites to win the 2015-16 Premier League season with odds of 6.50 (11/2) at Bet365 Sportsbook, and they are also fourth favorites regarding the League Cup at 10.00 (9/1). The famous online betting site ranks the Red Devils as third favorites to win the FA Cup with odds of 9.00 (8/1). Their Champions League success would be a bigger surprise, it is priced at 21.00 (20/1) at Bet365.