January may feel like it’s going on forever, but one Paddy Power punter in Limerick has given it a firm kick in the nuts after scooping €4,000 from a €10 punt on Manchester United’s 2-1 defeat to Hull in the League Cup on Thursday night.
His bet on Tom Huddlestone to score first and Hull to win 2-1 was a monster 400/1 shot and we can only tip our hats to a punt of pure spectacular optimism. Huddlestone hadn’t scored found the onion bag since the 24 of April last year – in a 2-2 draw at home to Leeds in the Championship – and odds of 40/1 to score first on Thursday show he wasn’t exactly fancied by our traders. Certainly not when you have Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford on the the pitch.
The second part of the bet – Hull to win 2-1 – was also packed full of optimism after Jose Mourinho put out a surprisingly strong side in an attempt to easily guarantee their passage through to Wembley’s final. Plus United were on a 17 game unbeaten run in all competitions. You’d be a brave man to back Hull to end that good spell.
It wasn’t a punt without a little slice of luck of course. Firstly the penalty decision was shrouded in controversy after four players got into a minor tangle in the area, before referee John Moss decided that Marcus Rojo had enough of Harry Maguire’s shirt to warrant a spot-kick. Despite Huddleston’es dry spell, he made no mistake from 12 yards and this punt was on.
Paul Pogba scored United’s equaliser with a toe-poke after 66 minutes, but our friend in Limerick had to sweat until the 85th minute for Hull’s winner. Oumar Niasse had struck the woodwork earlier in the game, but with just five minutes left on the clock he turned in David Meyler’s cross to send this punter into dreamland.
It wasn’t enough on the night for Hull as United went through 3-2 on aggregate, but it was exactly what this punter needed as he finished off the month in style. Drinks are on him this weekend as we say goodbye to ‘Dry January’!