Manchester United were the subject of a big gamble in the summer, but after being held to a fourth successive home league draw on Sunday they are out to 50/1 with Bet365 to win the title in their first season under Jose Mourinho.
Indeed, Mourinho faces a battle to end United’s exile from the Champions League after seeing his side fall 11 points behind leaders Chelsea and 8 adrift of Arsenal in 4th and they are 11/4 with Bet365 to secure a top 4 finish, having been no bigger than 1/5 after winning their first 3 games. They were at 2/1 pre-season to finish outside of the top 4.
There’s still a long way to go of course, but there is scant evidence so far that the additions of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Paul Pogba and Henrikh Mkhitaryan have turned United back into title contenders, as their supporters imagined they would as they backed them in from 6/1 to 7/2 between the end of May and early August.
That is very good news for the bookmakers of course, who will have laid plenty of ante-post accas pre-season, including United alongside the likes of Newcastle, Celtic and Sheffield United, who are all going well in their respective leagues.