Manchester United Written off by Own Sponsor as Bwin Backs Bayern Munich

Nick AkermanFeatured ColumnistApril 1, 2014

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MARCH 31:  David Moyes the manager of Manchester United controls the ball during a training session at the Aon Training Complex on March 31, 2014 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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Manchester United sponsor Bwin believes David Moyes' side have little chance of overcoming Bayern Munich in Tuesday's Champions League quarter-final first leg, pricing the fallen English champions at an outside punt of 11-2.

As reported by Jack Wilson of the Daily Star, who noted an original price of 13-2, these odds are "thought to be longest for a United side to win at Old Trafford for more than a decade." Pep Guardiola's unstoppable side arrive at Old Trafford with a price of 4-9, while a draw can be plucked for at 18-5 via Oddschecker (odds accurate at time of writing).

Only the most optimistic of fans will believe United have a shot at beating Bayern in either leg. Bwin, listed as the "official online gaming and betting partner of Manchester United" on the Red Devils' website, sums up the sense of impending doom that many will feel heading into the upcoming contest, although it should be noted that the company also sponsors the German giants.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MARCH 31:  Bastian Schweinsteiger and Manuel Neuer of FC Bayern Muenchen face the media during a press conference at the Marriott Hotel on March 31, 2014 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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United have racked up 10 Premier League defeats this season and suffered disappointing exits in both the FA Cup and Capital One Cup. Moyes has also overseen a 2-0 loss to Olympiakos in Europe, but managed to overpower the Greek title-holders 3-2 on aggregate with an improved display at home.

Bayern have suffered just one defeat since the start of the campaign, dating back to Dec. 10's 3-2 loss against Manchester City. Guardiola is currently unbeaten as a Bundesliga boss and clinched the German championship in March, with Bayern sitting 23 points clear of Borussia Dortmund at the time of writing.

No well-established bookmakers have United listed as favourite, even on their own turf, as reported by Oddschecker.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MARCH 31:  Ryan Giggs of Manchester United looks on as he faces the media during a press conference at Old Trafford on March 31, 2014 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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These numbers are a far cry from the side who won the 2007-08 tournament and have reached three finals in recent history. With United currently 10 points off qualification for next year's Champions League, these odds are perhaps even generous toward the mid-table Premier League side.

The quality of Bayern is be summed up by Bleacher Report UK's tweet, highlighting the task ahead for Moyes and his troops:

Ian Ladyman of the Daily Mail was more directly damning when asserting, "On Tuesday Moyes must dip his hand into a box marked 'miracle' and hope." It's certainly strange to see the elite club's chances played down so feverishly, but such is the difference in quality both teams possess.

Punters who back United are sure to land a decent payout if the strugglers somehow topple Guardiola's side. While the smart money remains on the visitors, United will be hoping to upset the odds in a manner that has often seemed impossible under Moyes.