Expected in the beginning of this year to mount a surprising championship challenger amid continued good form, Manchester United continue to drift further out in terms of odds – as well as pace amongst rivals, Manchester City, and leaders, Arsenal in the Premier League title race.
Returning to Premier League footing last weekend on home soil at Old Trafford – United dropped two points against bottom-of-the-table Southampton, battling to a goalless draw against the Saints.
Attempting to rebound after a brutal, 7-0 loss to arch-rivals, Liverpool two weeks ago at Anfield, United’s bid to return to winning-ways in the league were further hampered when Brazilian midfield engine, Casemiro saw a straight red for the second time in the last seven weeks – slapping him with a four match league ban.
Failing to convert chances, with Bruno Fernandes forcing a second half save onto the post from Irish number-one, Gavin Bazunu, United were denied a pair of what appeared to be clear-cut penalties from both referee, Anthony Taylor, as well as VAR assistant, Andre Marriner.
Crossing into the area in search of Dutch forward, Wout Weghorst, streaking forward, Marcus Rashford saw his effort blocked by Southampton center half, Armel Bella-Kotchap – with the German defender appearing to ball the ball with a portion of his left upper arm.
Despite appeals from the United players as well as the Old Trafford crowd, Taylor failed to point to the spot, while VAR also elected against intervening and weighing up the situation.
Failing to find the net, United subseqeuntly failed to keep pace with the aforenoted, City, as well as league leaders, Arsenal – who romped home to a resounding 0-3 win away to Fulham at Craven Cottage last weekend.
Currently sitting as stark outsiders to win their first Premier League crown since 2012, United are placed as high as 100/1 to overtake holders, City – and current frontrunners, Arsenal, who sits as favorites still at 4/6. If you chance to bet on soccer in Australia – a slew of markets also offer odds on outright Premier League title winners.
United, who clinched the Carabao Cup with a 2-0 win over Newcastle United in February, will return to UEFA Europa League competition later this week, travelling to Spain to take on Real Betis – having landed an impressive 4-1 victory over the Mauricio Pellegrino side last week in Manchester.
Taking an early lead through a rocketing finish from English winger, Rashford, United were pegged back to 1-1 before half time, with Ayoze Perez slotting home from the edge of the area.
In the early goings of the second half, Brazilian youngster, Antony cut in on his favored left foot, curling home an effort after he was teed up by the above-mentioned, Fernandes.
Himself landing his name on the scoresheet, captain, Fernandes broke free during a corner, heading past former Manchester City shot stopper, Claudio Bravo.
Netting his first goal at Old Trafford, former Wolfsburg forward, Weghorst followed home a shot from Scott McTominay, after a mazing and jinking run from substitute, Facundo Pellistri.