After a miserable night for the two Manchester teams, bookmakers reacted by pushing the pair out in the 2011/12 Champions League betting. United are now a best price of 9.00 (Unibet) for Champions League glory, with rivals City best priced at 17.00.
United had been cruising at Old Trafford against Swiss side Basel, trading at prices as short as 1.28 in running, but Basel stunned the hosts by hitting three goals in less than 20 minutes to take a shock lead.
Only a late Ashley Young equaliser spared the red faces of the Red Devils, though it wasn’t enough to prevent Sir Alex Ferguson from blasting the performance of his players, branding them “lax” and “careless”.
As a result, United have been eased out from 7.00 to 8.00 by most bookmakers in the Champions League betting, with Unibet offering a standout 9.00 about the Old Trafford side.
Over in Germany, there was drama of a different kind, as with Manchester City 2-0 down to Bayern Munich, Roberto Mancini attempted to introduce Carlos Tevez as a substitute, only for the Argentine player to seemingly refuse to play.
Tevez has today denied the claims, stating: “There was some confusion on the bench and I believe my position may have been misunderstood. This is not the right time to get into specific details … But I wish to state that I never refused to play.”
Mancini told the press after his side’s poor display, that: “If we want to improve as a team, Carlos can’t play with us. With me, he is finished.”
The 2-0 defeat to Bayern saw bookmakers push City out from a general 11.00, to as big as 17.00 (Paddy Power).
Although Real Madrid put in an assured performance against Ajax, running out comfortable 3-0 winners, they remain second favourites to lift the 2011/12 Champions League trophy, at a best price of 5.50 (Ladbrokes, Victor Chandler), with Barcelona favourites at a best price of 3.00 (Unibet).