Given they dismantled Chelsea at Old Trafford, it’s surprising that a Manchester United top four finish is still odds against with some bookies.
Among bookmakers offering that price are Betway, and it looks a bit of value as a season bet.
The Red Devils ran riot in the second half of their 4-0 Premier League opener. This was Man Utd at their swashbuckling best.
United kept last year’s Europa League winners out, albeit with a little help from the woodwork. Some say sterner tests lie ahead, but the opening weekend was one of big margin victories.
Premier League champions Manchester City thrashed West Ham United 5-0, while Liverpool put four past newly promoted Norwich City.
The Red Devils made tactical tweaks during the Chelsea game and played counter-attacking football. Just like old times.
Arsenal, albeit a weakened side, only won at Newcastle United 1-0. They are a similar price to Man Utd in the top four finish betting and that doesn’t make sense.
Newcastle’s odds for relegation shortened all summer and they’re now third favourites for the drop.
Manchester United top four finish possible
The Gunners only edging them is a poor result in comparison to Man Utd thumping Chelsea. While the Blues have a transfer embargo and can’t sign any players, they still have a squad that tasted success in Europe last term.
Eden Hazard’s departure from Chelsea to Real Madrid was an obvious help here. A key player at Stamford Bridge for several seasons, filling his boots is tough.
The Blues created plenty of chances at Old Trafford, however, and Tammy Abraham hit the post early on. David de Gea in goal for United also made saves.
As the Red Devils defence stood firm, and with a bit of luck, their new recruits have improved their XI.
Harry Maguire and Aaron Wan-Bissaka cost a combined £130,000,000 but seldom put a foot wrong.
Red Devils winger Daniel James completed the rout off the bench following his more modest transfer from Swansea City.
If opposition defences can’t keep tabs on him, or Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford alternating up front, then Man Utd look a force to be reckoned with this season.
Paul Pogba staying at Old Trafford after he set up two of the Red Devils’ four goals looks key too.
Bet of the Day: 11/10 with Betway, Manchester United top four finish in the Premier League.