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Why have the bookies written off Manchester United for title?

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho, far right, makes a double substitution bringing in Anthony Martial, left, and Wayne Rooney for Jesse Lingard, centre, and Juan Mata, right, during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester United and Stoke City at Old Trafford in Manchester, England, Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)

Manchester United started the season as 3/1 second-favourites for 2016/17 Premier League title although they’re on the drift

Jose Mourinho was optimistic that Manchester United would challenge for the title this season and the Portuguese won’t be too dismayed by the thirteen points accrued from seven games played thus far.

There have been four victories and the Red Devils played Stoke off the park in their last match only to draw 1-1, with the blip coming when losing consecutive matches against Manchester City and Watford.

However, City’s recent defeat at White Hart Lane means that they only sit five points ahead of United heading into the international break and it’s a surprise to see Manchester United being effectively written off for the Premier League title by the bookies.

What price are United to win the league?
Bet365 are prepared to chalk up 16/1 about Mourinho’s men finishing top of the pile. That represents a massive jump up from the 10/3 being peddled by the same firm before a ball had been kicked, although should United be afforded more respect in the market?

After all, they have the world’s most expensive player in Paul Pogba and also a forward in Zlatan Ibrahimovic who has won silverware throughout a decorated career. The Swede has retired from international duty and has largely illustrated he can make a big impact this season.

Marcus Rashford is one of the most dynamic young forwards in the Premier League, with Ander Herrera, Juan Mata, Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial all capable of playing their part in a title assault.

Monday night at Anfield beckons…
Manchester United’s next Premier League fixture is Liverpool away. Lose that game and we might expect to see 25/1 about the Red Devils winning the title. However, a victory as per last season and they’re back in the game!

There is always hype surrounding this match although it could go a long way to defining the season of a United team looking to forge an identity under a new manager, with the club having been in the doldrums for the past three seasons.

Liverpool have taken United’s pre-season position in the Premier League outright betting market, with Paddy Power one of the few firms that offer 9/2 about Jurgen Klopp’s side despite the fact that they are only three points better off than their arch-rivals.

While the Merseyside team are playing exciting and attacking football, they are yet to keep a clean sheet in the top flight this term and would it really be a big surprise to see a Mourinho masterclass at Anfield?

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