United current Europa League favourites
It's a competition that Jose Mourinho has said his Manchester United do not want to be in the Europa League but that has not stopped the bookmakers from installing his side as favourites. With the likes of Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic added to their ranks, it's clear to see why the Reds are considered the frontrunners. There is a wealth of talent in the squad and with Mourinho in charge with all his experience, they will be tough to beat.
However with that being said, it will be interesting to see just how seriously Mourinho regards the competition given his previous comments. United have been drawn in the group stage with Dutch side Feyenoord, Fenerbahce from Turkey as well as Ukranian's Zorya Luhansk. Mourinho's men are in action against Feyenoord in Rotterdam for their opening fixture and it is intresting to note the squad that has travelled to the Netherland's second city. Captain Wayne Rooney has been left at home as has the likes of Antonio Valencia and Luke Shaw. Clearly Mourinho is happy to suffle his pack in this tournament and therefore United may not be quite as strong as people believe.
Nonetheless, such is the strength in depth of the squad that no matter who makes the starting line-up it will still be a formidable XI. It is probably justified at this stage that United can be considered the strongest team in the competition and amongst a number of bookies including Coral, they are 6/1 to go all the way.
Behind United as the early frontrunners are Italian pair Inter Milan and Roma. Inter have underwhelmed in recent seasons and did not play in any form of European football last season. However this summer has seen the arrival of a new manager in Frank de Boer as well as the recruitment of the likes of Antonio Candreva and Joao Mario. Expectancy will be high at the San Siro and only Sevilla have won this competition more times than the Nerazzurri.
Roma are the other Italian side expected to be amongst the mix comes this year's final in the Friends Arena. The side from the Italian capital were beaten 3-0 at home in their Champions League play-off against Porto to consign them to this competition, though they have made a solid start so far in the league.
Athletic Bilbao are the other name in the mix and are regulars in this competition. Their veteran striker Aritz Aduriz was the tournament's top goalscorer last seson with a total of 10 goals. Roma and Inter are both found at 18/1 with Paddy Power to win this year's Europa League, whilst Roma are slightly shorter at a best price of 15/1 with 888Sport.
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