Monday, January 12, 2009

United in pole position with bookies

Manchester United are the new Premier League favourites after destroying Cheslea 3-0 at Old Trafford on Sunday.
The champions brushed aside a blunt Chelsea challenge and netted three times - the first time they had scored more than one goal in a league game since smashing Stoke 5-0 in November.
Goals from Nemanja Vidic, Wayne Rooney and Dimitar Berbatov saw off the challenge of Luiz Felipe Scolari's men, who admitted afterwards that if his team had many more similar off days they would be out of the title race.
The Reds Devils are still a point behind the second-placed Blues and five points behind the leaders Liverpool, but they do have two games in hand on both those sides and the football odds compilers now have United odds-on to retain their crown.
It certainly was a dominant and powerful performance and Fergie's men restricted Chelsea to very few if any real attempts at goal.
It will have been a warning sign for Liverpool too, who could only manage a goalless draw with Stoke, with the Merseysiders due at Old Trafford on March 14.

"It is a significant result for us," said Fergie.

"We are chasing Liverpool and we are a bit nearer now. If our home form remains good we will have a great chance."

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