Sir Alex Ferguson has the backing of his peers as he prepares his Manchester United squad for the Premier League run-in.
The League Managers Association polled 15 of the 20 Premier League managers and 80% of them would back Manchester United to win the Premier League, with the final 20% split between backing Arsenal and Chelsea.
Ferguson is in search of his 12th Premier League winners’ medal and at 4/7 to win the league, the football betting certainly suggests Ferguson is on course to do so and with 12 of the Premier League’s finest masterminds suggesting they will, Manchester United look a solid bet.
With games against Arsenal and Chelsea still to come Ferguson still has his work cut out and with the distractions of Chelsea in the Champions League and Manchester City in the FA Cup, it’s not going to be easy.
Manchester United are 4/5 to beat West Ham at Upton Park on Saturday before meeting Chelsea at Stamford Bridge next week in the first leg of the Champions League quarter-finals.
Ferguson’s side are 2/1 to win that game and 5/6 to qualify for the semi-finals, and should they do so, Manchester United’s Champions League odds of 6/1 to win the competition would shorten dramatically.
By the time the FA Cup semi-final comes around we’ll know whether or not Manchester United are still challenging for the Champions League, but you can also guarantee the 16/1 for the Red Devils to win the treble will be a lot shorter should they still be in the competition.
At 1/1 to win the FA Cup, and with Bolton Wanderers and Stoke City competing in the other semi-final, a win against Manchester City would send United odds-on in the FA Cup betting.
Premier League teams stand in the way of Ferguson and a treble but the Manchester United boss will relish the challenge.
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