English Premiership

Bookies laugh off Utd's hopes

2014-08-27 14:40
Louis van Gaal. Photograph: Getty Images.
Louis van Gaal. Photograph: Getty Images.
Cape Town - Twenty-time champions of England, Manchester United, won't be adding a 21st English Premiership title to their roll of honour in 2014/15, say bookmakers.

United woeful start to the season under new coach Louis van Gaal has seen them lose at home to minnows Swansea, before being outplayed in a fortuitous 1-1 draw at last year's strugglers, Sunderland.

United currently find themselves in a lowly 13th position in the standings, on a single point, already five points adrift of title rivals, Manchester City and Chelsea among others.

Van Gaal's woes were compounded on Tuesday when they crashed out of the League Cup in an embarrassing 4-0 defeat to three-tier MK Dons.

United appear to be throwing money at the problem, landing Argentine midfielder Angel Di Maria for a British record transfer fee of £59.7 million, and look set to take their overall transfer window spending spree to a whopping £150 million with the addition of Dutch star Daley Blind.

UK bookmakers Ladbrokes, have lengthened the odds on the Old Trafford club claiming this season's title to 14/1 - alongside Liverpool - while United's bitter cross-town rivals Manchester City are 5/4 favourites to defend their title, while Chelsea (13/10) and Arsenal (8/1) are next best.

United travel to Turf Moor to face Burnley on Saturday in a must-win clash at 13:45 SA time.

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