Have we landed in another footballing universe? One where Manchester United don’t even get in the top four? No, is the answer, so time to jump on amazing odds that the Red Devils simply do what they always do.
The last time eighth-placed Manchester United finished outside of the top four, the English top-flight was not even considered ‘Premier’.
To put in perspective, when United last finished lower than third it was the penultimate season of what was the old English Division One, where a teenage Ryan Giggs was the new ‘Adnan Januzaj’ at Old Trafford.
Fast forward a few years and the Red Devils may have endured a shaky start, but punters could do a hell of a lot worse than backing the team that strolled to the Premier League title last season to start clicking soon and end up in the top four at odds of 8/15.
If Arsenal can perform the feat for the last 16 consecutive seasons, then a squad with as much quality and experience of winning this league as United certainly can.
There was always going to be a period of adjustment as a managerial legend left the club and David Moyes took over.
However, the Red Devils starting slowly is not a new thing. In the 2008/09 season they only won one of their first four games and still hijacked Liverpool come the end to claim the title.
Similarly, when winning the title again in 2010/11, Sir Alex Ferguson’s side only won three of their first eight games.
And let’s not forget, the fixtures have been extremely tough compared to the likes of Arsenal. United have already faced three of the current top four and four of the current top six.
Don’t believe the hype and back them now to be in the Champions League spots come May, the odds may never be better.
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