After his side’s rank performance in losing 4-1 to rivals Manchester City, new Manchester United boss David Moyes will be redefining his assessments of what pressure really is.
Ok, the fixture computer appears to have been programmed by Noel Gallagher for the start of this season, but still, there is nowhere for Moyes to escape the glare of the Premier League spotlight in his new post.
As a direct result of that ignominious defeat at the hands of their neighbourly nemesis, Man Utd’s price to retain their Premier League title this season has slid dramatically from 13/5 out to 9/2.
It will not be lost on fans of either club and punters alike, that the last time the Citizens inflicted this type of demoralising defeat on the Red Devils – a 6-1 thrashing at Old Trafford – City went on to clinch the title in the 2011/12 campaign.
Unsurprisingly, the reverberations of their latest seismic win have had a big impact on City’s own odds of winning back the title – now priced as the 9/5 favourites to do so.
Meanwhile, Chelsea’s own price has shortened to 11/5 after the Blues came out on the right side of the scorleline in their local derby with Fulham a day previous.
Having already lost at bitter rivals Liverpool with another flat performance, such a heavy derby defeat will have done little to endear Moyes to some fans of the English champions, who will be questioning the reasons for two such tepid displays.
To be fair to Moyes, he has been handed a really tricky run of fixtures to start off his tenure and it would be foolish to forecast failure this early in his Old Trafford career.
However, with the unrivalled expectancy of success the Scot now faces, expect the pressure-o-meter to blow a few pistons should United lose their Capital One Cup game to Liverpool at Old Trafford.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.
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