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Get some free money to bet on Man Utd this weekend

Manchester United make the long trip to play Southampton at the Dell or somewhere this Saturday, and our friends at Betfair are offering you a free bet so you can cash in when United win or Southampton do a giant-killing.

Here’s what they have to say about that particular game…

Manchester United’s one and only defeat this season was endured on their cup travels, however that surprise setback was suffered away to a Premier League side, West Ham, and was inflicted by the manager that dumped Southampton out of this competition last year – Avram Grant.

Their one cup trip to a lower league club ended in a 5-2 victory at Scunthorpe in the Carling Cup, so even though their FA Cup fourth round hosts Southampton boast fine home form, winning ten of their last 13 at St Mary’s and keeping nine clean sheets in that time, this is a considerable step up.

The Premier League leaders have had little success in the FA Cup since taking the trophy in 2003-04 but Edwin van der Sar is eager to claim it before retiring and their exit to Leeds last season was their first in 26 years against a team outside of the top-flight. Could it really happen twice in a row?

We think not. Their record on the road is gradually improving, to the extent that after triumphing in just one of their first eight away league games, they’ve won two of their last three, while the one draw sandwiched into that sequence was hardly a poor one, given that it came against Tottenham.

It’s no surprise therefore that the Red Devils are 1.44 favourites to eliminate Nigel Adkins’ Saints, though given that Sir Alex Ferguson’s men have led at the break in only two of their seven away victories in all competitions, the half-time draw/full-time Manchester United win appeals at 4.9.

Thanks to our special offer for those opening new Betfair accounts, you can bet up to £30 on this match or anything else that catches your eye within seven days of signing up and any losing wagers will be refunded, so there’s no absolutely no risk involved.

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