Arsenal leapfrog United in title betting although Red Devils still shorter than Liverpool
Louis van Gaal enjoyed an impressive start as manager of Manchester United although Saturday’s 2-1 defeat against Swansea illustrated that one shouldn’t read too much into pre-season performances and results.
United started the season at odds of 5/1 to win the title, although they have now drifted to 9/1 on the outright market, with their defeat leaving a lot of questions to be answered by Van Gaal.
Manchester City’s win at Newcastle means they hold steady at 9/4 to retain their title, with Chelsea marginal favourites ahead of Monday night’s game at Burnley.
“Of course we need defenders. It is also the question if we can play like a team and if we can reach the [right] level. Today, we didn’t reach that level. When you don’t play like a team, when you miss the chances, it is very difficult because every team shall create chances against us because we are playing with a big space behind us.
“I have said before that because of our wins in the United States and against Valencia the expectation is so high, and I have seen in the first half a lot of players very nervous, making the wrong choices, and that is a pity.
“These players have to get used to that expectation because this is Manchester United. You have to cope with that pressure. I have said to them in the dressing room: ‘I cannot say you didn’t do your very best, unbelievable work, fantastic mentality, but reaching the level is difficult, not only running but using your brain and then you can play like a team.’ In that, we have failed today.”