Reliable Rio to lead Man Utd to Premier League title

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Manchester United may have lost some of their attacking flair of old, but the defensive solidarity and organisation make them creditable favourites in the Premier League betting to win the title at 4/6.

Sir Alex Ferguson remained unbeaten through the opening 21 games of the league season and returned to the head of the standings with another dogged defensive display at Tottenham, with a useful goalless draw at White Hart Lane against arguably one of the best attacking teams in the top flight.

The return of Rio Ferdinand from injury has been a major catalyst in their improved defensive displays and he has rekindled his relationship with Nemanja Vidic that was largely responsible for 14 successive league clean sheets two seasons ago.

Ferdinand missed the opening six league games of the season and the Red Devils conceded nine goals, but with Ferdinand returning from a back injury, just ten goals have been shipped in the 15 fixtures since.

And the remainder of the Premier League should not expect any charity from Manchester United over the remainder of the campaign as it has been five seasons since they conceded over 30 goals in a league season.

Meanwhile, although Wayne Rooney has been short of his best and some attacking impetus has been lost by the sale of Cristiano Ronaldo, Manchester United are still managing to score a decent number of goals.

They are currently averaging over two goals a game in the Premier League and have been particularly prolific at home at Old Trafford, where they have struck 29 goals in ten outings.

The goals are likely to flow again in the Manchester United’s next two Premier League games as they follow up on a home clash with Birmingham with a trip to Blackpool.

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Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.