Any hopes that Manchester United had of narrowing the gap between themselves and Premier League leaders Manchester City were well and truly dashed at the weekend when Pep Guardiola’s men earned a relatively easy three points in the Manchester derby following an impressive performance from the reigning champions.
Jose Mourinho’s side went into the game on the back an excellent 2-1 Champions League victory over Serie A outfit Juventus just days earlier and the Red Devils boss will have been confident of continuing the momentum in what was perhaps one of the most important games of the season for his side. Nevertheless City took the lead in the twelfth minute courtesy of David Silva and this lead was doubled soon after the break with Sergio Aguero getting onto the scoresheet. United were given hope ten minutes later when Anthony Martial scored from the penalty spot but it was all over when Gundogan found the back of the net four minutes from time and the following that convincing defeat, United now sit twelve points behind their arch-rivals in the Premier League table.
Mourinho will be in no doubt that his side have a huge mountain to climb in order to secure the Premier League crown this season and as such, the Red Devils have drifted to 200/1 to win the title with BetVictor Bookmakers, City remaining firm odds-on favourites at 2/7 with the same firm. Liverpool (3/1) and Chelsea (25/1) remain in touch with the Citizens although the latter dropped points at home to Everton on Sunday afternoon with the game ending goal-less.
City’s title odds may not have changed too much but the win over their arch-rivals further underlines their dominance in the domestic game, Guardiola’s side easily brushing aside a United outfit which had inflicted upon Serie A leaders Juventus their first defeat of the season just a few days beforehand.
Have City just taken a giant step towards their second successive title? It would certainly appear that they have!
BetVictor Bookmakers – Premier League Title Betting Odds
2/7 – Manchester City
3/1 – Liverpool
25/1 – Chelsea
50/1 – Tottenham Hotspur
66/1 – Arsenal
200/1 – Manchester United