This is the 50/1 bet every Manchester United fan should take a punt on!
Manchester United have started the 2017-18 season with three wins from three, and people are already asking whether Jose Mourinho’s side can go the entire Premier League season unbeaten.
Arsenal were the last English side to record such a feat — in 2003-04 — and to fit the narrative of this article, the 49 consecutive top-flight unbeaten run ended the following season at Old Trafford when a controversial penalty spurred United to a 2-0 win.
While I do think it’s premature to make such a definite prediction, a long-term bet with odds of 50/1 could be fun for a neutral or United fan. The longer their unbeaten run goes the more exciting it becomes.
This, of course, is the team that finished sixth last season but Mourinho looks to have shaped his squad brilliantly with four new signings during the summer. Former Benfica centre-back and Sweden international, Victor Lindelof, joined the club for a significant amount of money but has yet to make a league appearance with Eric Bailly and Phil Jones performing superbly at the heart of the defence.
Moreover, the Reds have not conceded a single goal this season. The presence of Nemanja Matic in midfield has not only contributed to that but also to unleashing Paul Pogba and precision in United’s attack, which can explain why United have been more clinical in front of goal.
Another factor to consider is how Romelu Lukaku offers more pace going forward on the counter attack than Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who has rejoined United on a one-year deal. It is key, too, that both Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford hit double figures if the Reds are to become league champions for the first time since Sir Alex Ferguson retired as manager.
But back to what it takes to go a season unbeaten.
United will need a bit of luck on their side, with key players remaining fit throughout a long testing season and periods of rest between games to rejuvenate. Admittedly, the former won’t happen because Mourinho’s men are involved in this season’s Champions League — and will challenge for the FA Cup and League Cup.
While the squad is considered big, it remains light in certain areas. What if Matic picks up a lengthy injury? No-one of the same mould can come in and do that job to the same level. Michael Carrick, 34, is not the worst player to come in and replace the Serb is necessary, yet questions remain whether he can do that over a long period of time.
This could be a fun, but, perhaps unrealistic bet, so it would be wise to keep your stake lower than usual. United deserve to be favourite to win the title this season but doing so unbeaten may be a stretch too far.