Last season was a disappointment for both Manchester United and Manchester City in the Premier League. In City’s case, although they finished in second place, they were 18 points adrift of their staunch rivals from the other end of the M62, Liverpool. United were well adrift of either of the top teams, in sixth place, with a question mark hanging over the future of Ole Gunnar Solskjær as manager.
The Manchester teams started this season with a lot to prove and they have both faltered slightly so far. Although, the same can be said for every team, so there is still plenty of opportunity for both City and United to come good.
Can City challenge favourites Liverpool?
If you research your betting options regarding Premier League odds, you will see that Liverpool currently lead the betting with average odds of 11/8. This is not surprising given the fact that they won their first Premier League title in impressive style last season.
However, City are not far behind in the betting, at 9/4. They will also be keen to win their third title in four seasons. It’s fair to say that City have not been their usual awe-inspiring selves so far this season. However, their 5-0 demolition of Burnley could be a turning point, especially on a day when Liverpool struggled to a 1-1 draw with Brighton. When you also factor in the current champions’ array of injury problems, you have to see City as stiff competition despite them currently being in the bottom half of the table.
What can United achieve this season?
United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjær has come in for considerable criticism since he took over the role. However, he is only the latest in a line of managers that have failed to repeat the success of Sir Alex Ferguson. It was under their most famous manager that United last won the title, in 2013. So, it’s not just Solskjær that has failed to lead the team to the same level of success.
It seems unlikely that this season will see marked changes when it comes to United’s level of achievement given the team’s seesaw season so far. There have been some decent wins, against Everton and Newcastle, but there have also been less than impressive results such as the 6-1 home defeat against Spurs.
Having said all of this, no team has taken control of the Premier League so far. This means that United still have an opportunity to advance their cause if they can manage to hit a decent patch of form.
Currently, Liverpool are still favourites to repeat their success of last season but, like all Premier League teams, they have yet to really hit top form. So, there is room for other teams to take over. Despite their issues so far this season, City have to be favourites to cause the most problems for the champions, possibly together with other strong contenders like Chelsea and Spurs. In United’s case, when you consider current form and betting, the manager and fans will probably be happy with a significant improvement on last season’s sixth place.