Manchester United rated as “no-hopers” by bookies ahead of new season

Red Devils’ title odds drift to 12/1 with one bookmaker after lack of summer spending

They might have finished second in the Premier League last season but the bookies aren’t anticipating a title challenge from Manchester United this time around.

Jose Mourinho has already claimed that the Red Devils face a difficult season, with Black Type bookmaker going 12/1 that United win the 2018/19 title, a price which is by far the industry best.

A spokesman told BettingOdds.com: “We’ve hardly seen any money for United to win the league and we’re happy to lay them at 12/1 accordingly.

“There are rumours that Harry Maguire and Jerome Boateng could be the new-look central defensive partnership at Old Trafford but time is running out to make signings.”

Some bookies have more confidence in a title win for United, with BetVictor as short as 6/1 although that still puts them at third favourites in the market, with Liverpool now regarded as the main challenger to Manchester City.

Indeed, the Reds have come into 4/1 with several firms including Paddy Power who are facing a large payout if Liverpool finally win the title.

A Paddy Power spokesman told BettingOdds.com: “There’s been thousands of bets on Liverpool to end their title drought which spans back to 1990.

“However, after watching Manchester City destroy Chelsea in the Community Shield match, we’re fairly happy to keep Pep Guardiola’s team on the short side and lay every other team.”

City are trading at a best price 4/6 with William Hill after a romp to the title last term, with the champions of England likely to be in stacks of accumulators and they managed to play Chelsea off the park on Sunday.

As for Maurizio Sarri’s team, they are trading at around the 12/1 mark and perhaps their new manager will introduce an exciting style of football which could yet see them challenge for major honours.