Manchester United’s win over Sunderland sees the bookies cut the Red Devils’ odds for title glory
The league table doesn’t lie and Manchester United are the best team in the land right now, having landed sixteen points from seven games played.
A facile 3-0 win over Sunderland means that the Red Devils top the Premier League table and Sky Bet now offer a best price 5/1 about United claiming the league title during Louis van Gaal’s second season as manager.
United have perhaps had an easy run of opening fixtures which have included fixtures against Aston Villa, Newcastle and Sunderland, although they have won five of their seven games so far including wins against Liverpool, Southampton and Tottenham.
“I know exactly where I stand,” he said. “I have said it before and six weeks ago the same answers. We have a good team but we can win and lose. You need luck but the balance of the team is better than last season.
“Because of that we need to win our games. I don’t have to wait until October. We shall improve every week, yes. I don’t see it every week but I see [generally] that we are better as a team and a selection.”
Manchester City won their first five matches of the season although defeats against West Ham and Tottenham have seen their title challenge momentarily derailed, with the bookies still expecting Manuel Pellegrini’s side to come out on top.
Bet365 go 10/11 about City claiming the league title although a 4-1 reverse at White Hart Lane illustrated that perhaps this team are dependent on Vincent Kompany and David Silva to make them tick.
Arsenal sit fourth in the team after an explosive 5-2 win at Leicester City and the Gunners are 4/1 with bet365 to claim a Premier League title success, while champions Chelsea are as big as 8/1 with Ladbrokes to win the league.
Jose Mourinho’s side needed two late goals to claim a point at St James’ Park, with the Blues eight points off the pace and seemingly unable to address defensive problems which saw Newcastle score twice on Saturday.
Tottenham are four points off the pace and William Hill make them 150/1 shots to win the title this season, with the team starting to come together under Mauricio Pochettino.
Liverpool are 75/1 chances and look a better team with Daniel Sturridge back in the team although challenging for a top four spot might be as good as it gets for the Reds.
All odds were correct at time of posting.