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Last season shows Man Utd to win title despite early results

| 03.09.2013

The sole signing of Marouane Fellaini will not encourage many Manchester United supporters that now is the time to part with their cash to back the Red Devils to retain their Premier League title.

But, few will argue that 7/2 is not a massive price on Man Utd winning the Premier League and they have drifted after taking only four points from their opening three games, with uninspiring performances against Chelsea and Liverpool thrown in.

These two results represent the first time since May 2007 that the Red Devils have failed to find the net in successive Premier League games and Fellaini is not truly the answer to their apparent lack of midfield creativity.

However, what is worth noting is that they won the title by 11 points last season and this included taking only a combined four points from trips to Liverpool and Swansea, alongside a home game with Chelsea.

Therefore, Man Utd are technically no worse off this season than last and a continuation of copying results of the last campaign would result in another haul of around 90 points, which should see them lift the trophy again.

Fellaini will not be the most creative force, but Shinji Kagawa will effectively look like a new signing when he is given a run in the team, bearing in mind he has managed a paltry seven minutes in the Community Shield thus far.

A midfield trio of Michael Carrick at the base, Fellaini as the box-to-box option and Kagawa at the tip has the capabilities of excelling.

Some improvement is needed out wide though, with Ashley Young looking a shadow of his Aston Villa days, Nani lacking consistency and Wilfried Zaha potentially a year away from being truly ready to be a first-team regular.

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Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.