I’ve written on here a few times lately that it’s too soon to write off Manchester United’s title hopes, but after last night’s defeat at Old Trafford to Everton….. I am now writing them off.
From now on in Premier League Winner Betting articles, only Arsenal, Manchester City, Chelsea and – for the time being – Liverpool will be mentioned (I’ll have a think about Everton).
Ironically I still think Manchester United will finish above Liverpool, but I can’t see David Moyes’ team making up 12 points on Arsenal, or 6 points on Manchester City for that matter.
Manchester United are now 20/1 with Bet365 to win title, that is a remarkable price in the first week of December, but it has to be said that it is a fair price.
I do feel sorry for Moyes. Although United are defending Champions, I feel he has taken over the team in a transitional period. Ferguson knew the time was right to get out.
Reigning Champions, a squad with some ageing players in it, and some youngsters who are not quite ready yet. Whoever was in charge this year would have struggled, the blend just doesn’t seem right at Old Trafford at the moment.
Add to that, the strength of City’s squad, and Mourinho back at Chelsea, and anybody could see it was a good time to get out.
That said, I do feel United would probably be 4-5 points better off if Ferguson was still in charge.
Even he couldn’t go on forever though. And although they will (rigthly) never admit it, I think United would be better off concentrating on finishing in the Top 4 now, and building for next season, and the future.
Giggs, Vidic, Ferdinand etc, are still all very good players, but United need younger, hungry players to be pushing them and taking their places. The fact that all three still play in the big games shows they are still the best players at the club, and I’m sure they would all readily admit that their best days are well behind them (maybe not so much Vidic).
Arsenal continued their charge with an easy victory over Hull, and are 9/4 second favourites with a 6 point lead. City are 6/4 favourites after a good win at West Brom, Chelsea are 10/3 and could be starting to find some consistency, and Liverpool are 12/1 after their regulation 3 points.
Manchester United are now 10/11 for a Top 4 finish. Quite an amazing, and well justified price!!!