Belfast Telegraph

Manchester United look good for successful title defence and odds are generous

By The Punter

Manchester United have won the Premier League 13 times in the last 21 seasons and one would think that would leave them odds-on for another title come May 2014.

Yet, they are available at a generous 13/8 and in view of the fact that only two or three teams at most can stop them, that has to be a bargain. And when you seriously think about it, only Chelsea and Manchester City come into realistic consideration.

United have the best squad of players and when needed, Sir Alex Ferguson knows when to step into the transfer market. Compared to others, he makes few bad buys and will ensure the Red Devils lose none of their desire for another title.

Apart from a lucky City last year only Arsenal and Chelsea, each three times and Blackburn Rovers once, have managed to break the United dominance. Same old same old, with probably only Chelsea offering a decent challenge while City and Arsenal are left to compete for top-four finishes. Not unlike this season and last season's musical chairs.

Look at the results over the last four seasons and the current campaign; United have won 80 times in their 187 fixtures; City 69 from 186; Chelsea 65 (186); Arsenal 59 (187); Spurs 55 (186); Liverpool 51 (187). Those stats speak for themselves.

United have never finished outside the top three since the innovation of the Premier League back in 1992-93 and that's unlikely to change which makes those odds of a another number one spot, incredible value.

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