Belfast Telegraph

Friday 29 August 2014

Manchester United in driving seat for repeat of treble joy

Sir Alex Ferguson is gunning for his second treble
Sir Alex Ferguson is gunning for his second treble

So Sir Alex Ferguson still thinks the destiny of the Premier League title has not been decided.

The legendary Scot is having a right laugh if he thinks Man City have any chance of repeating last season's late, late show.

Certainly all bookmakers don't agree with him, either having already paid out or quoting odds as short 1/28.

It's 5/4 to win by 12-18 points and 350/1 to regain the title on goal difference.

No need to consider the latter, as the gap will be at least 12 points.

In fact, the way Gareth Bale is producing goals for Spurs – what a winner against West Ham – Tottenham could well pip City for second.

All the more so if they beat Arsenal at the weekend.

Meanwhile, United's are in the driving seat for a repeat of their glorious treble of 1999.

The team Sir Alex has around him now, has many similarities to the one he led 14 years ago, especially with three key strikers who proved crucial in landing that three-trophy haul.

Robin Van Persie, Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck are the current trio in red spearheading the 'deja vu' march and odds of 28/1 from bet365, will catch the eye of many punters.

There's still much work to do, but with one trophy already in the bag and one step away from both the FA Cup and Champions League 'semis', it makes for a decent bet.

United have a marvellous chance of overcoming Real Madrid following the 1-1 draw in Spain while the FA Cup is a trophy that has eluded Fergie for a decade.

Their last appearance in the FA Cup final was back in 2007 when losing out in extra time to Chelsea.

United's previous success was three years earlier, beating Millwall who themselves are still in this year's competition.

For United to emerge without a trophy is another joke, but still layers are hoping to rope in mugs by offering a measly 12/1.

Which region will win the FA Cup: Manchester 4/9 (Man Utd; Man City; Oldham, Wigan); London 11/2 (Millwall, Chelsea); Other 11/4 Everton, Middlesbrough, Blackburn, Barnsley).

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