Posted by Barrie on Saturday, 19 September 2009

Manchester United Great Value to Win the Premier League

Apart from a surprise 1-0 defeat at Burnley, Manchester United have made a solid start to the season which includes a 2-1 victory over a good Arsenal side, and a 3-1 win at in-form Tottenham last week after playing the last half hour with 10 men.

Often slow starters, United have picked up 12 from a possible 15 points which includes come-from-behind victories against both Arsenal and Tottenham – playing the last 30 minutes of that game with 10 men last weekend.

Manchester United don't always need to be at their best to pick up the results, as 1-0 victories over Birmingham and Besiktas showed, and what has always been the case for Sir Alex Ferguson's sides over the years.

This Sunday, hosting rivals Manchester City is a potential banana skin, as were Arsenal and Tottenham in recent weeks. Regardless of Emmanuel Adebayor's suspension, and a few other injuries up front, they still have plenty of class throughout and are full of confidence following a 4-2 smashing of Arsenal last weekend.

Title rivals Chelsea themselves are facing their first big test of the season in Tottenham on Sunday and will be taken even more seriously if they win. Not that they aren't being taken seriously as they are favourites with new manager Carlo Ancelotti has already picked up respected victories at Sunderland, Fulham and Stoke - 3 grounds that less than a handful of teams will pick up 9 points from this season. But Ancelotti has yet to lineup against any of the big boys, and has to wait until October 4th until they face Liverpool, before a home game against Manchester United in November and a trip to Arsenal a few weeks later. That's when they could come undone.

Manchester United have won the title for the last 3 seasons, have endless experience and quality in their team and the best manager in the Premier League in Sir Alex Ferguson. While Chelsea are also a squad full of world class players, they can get overconfident and both strikers Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka are capable of putting in poor performances. Carlo Ancelotti is in his first season outside of Italy, a country where he didn't have an outstanding record in the league. Seemingly brought in to win the Champions League, they will come under pressure in the Premier League next year when that competition gets into the business end. By then, will Chelsea still be top of the league and favourites? That I look forward to seeing.

Manchester United are a gift at 5/2 to win the title. They're only 3 points behind Chelsea so early in the season. Once Chelsea lose a game and Ancelotti gets tested in this division Manchester United will become the favourites. At that stage, if you're confident in Chelsea you can cover your bets by backing them too. In fact, you can do that now as both United and Chelsea are odds-against for the title and can any other team finish above both of these sides this season? I doubt very much.

Manchester United remain my choice to win the title this season as they have been for the last 2 seasons and nothing has changed my mind.

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