Do we Consider United Title Contenders if They Win the Manchester Derby?

United Manchester United Edinson Cavani
⚡️Get up to £100 in Bet Credits⚡️
Open account offer. Up to £100 in Bet Credits for new customers at bet365. Min deposit £5. Bet Credits available for use upon settlement of bets to value of qualifying deposit. Min odds, bet and payment method exclusions apply. Returns exclude Bet Credits stake. Time limits and T&Cs apply.
Claim Bonus

Are United in the title race if they beat City?

In this truly unprecedented, unpredictable Premier League season and the year that is 2020, absolutely anything could happen from here.

Even the most optimistic Manchester United fans would have had serious doubts about a title challenge following their home defeat to Arsenal at the start of November, which put them down in 15th after seven games and nine points away from champions and league leaders, Liverpool.

However, a win at Goodison Park over Everton has sparked a perfect run of form that has catapulted the Red Devils into a position where they are now just five points off the top with a game in hand. Now, after fearing for his job, could Ole Gunnar Solskjaer lead his side to the most unlikely of title pushes?

With a crunch Manchester derby on the horizon, both clubs need to win in order to rectify very average starts to the campaign and ultimately, let the rest of England know they're in this until the end. Indeed, a win for United would send a signal to the rest of the league that they should not be underestimated, in what is frankly, looking like one of the most open looking title races in Premier League history.

If United win, do we now have to finally accept the 20-time champions as title contenders?

Man United v Man City Odds

skybet betting tip

BRUNO FERNANDES TO SCORE FROM OUTSIDE THE AREA @ 12/1

It doesn't matter the scoreline, this United have a sprinkle of Fergie Time in there

It’s never over until it is over with United, which is something we've known for three decades, but this year, the never die attitude of the club seems to be back.

Apart from the 1-0 win over West Bromwich Albion, they have conceded first in the other five games they have won in the league, with unique successes over Brighton & Hove Albion, thanks to a penalty awarded after the full time whistle, and over Southampton, after being 2-0 down at the break, were particularly notable.

Fighting adversity with late goals, frantic finishes and remarkable comebacks was the United way when they enjoyed such great success under Sir Alex Ferguson, and the current crop are proving capable of replicating those past qualities that helped the club win honours on a regular basis.

Against West Ham United last time out, the club also fought back to 3-1, following an early opener from Thomas Soucek. Then, even a few days later, Solskjaer's men fell 3-0 down to RB Leipzig, to claw things back to 3-2 and came exceptionally close to snatching a third in stoppage time.

If they do, however, go 2-0 to a team of City's stature, things might be different, but you can back United at 16/1 to win from behind once more right here!

Manchester United Premier League Winner Odds

skybet betting tip

MANCHESTER UNITED TO WIN THE TITLE ODDS @ 18/1

Results on the road making the difference

Solskjaer’s side have not lost away from home in a domestic fixture since they went to Anfield in January, 19 games ago, and the last time they failed to win was on football’s return against Tottenham Hotspur in June, which ended 1-1.

In fact, United broke a club record of eight Premier League away wins in a row and truly become the best team on the road in the English top-flight and one of the very best within Europe.

However, the fact they are at home for the Manchester derby this weekend may be more of a hindrance, considering they have picked up just four points from their five league games at Old Trafford, and beat just West Brom here this season in the Premier League.

If Solskjaer can get his team playing again on their own patch, then, combined with their unstoppable away form, United could really continue to put intense pressure on the early pacesetters and perhaps hold continue something other clubs can't: winning away from home.

⚡️Get up to £100 in Bet Credits⚡️
Open account offer. Up to £100 in Bet Credits for new customers at bet365. Min deposit £5. Bet Credits available for use upon settlement of bets to value of qualifying deposit. Min odds, bet and payment method exclusions apply. Returns exclude Bet Credits stake. Time limits and T&Cs apply.
Claim Bonus

Are they over reliant on Bruno Fernandes?

The club is blessed to have one of the most influential players in world football in their ranks with Bruno Fernandes and the Portuguese is already becoming arguably the greatest United signing in the post-Sir Alex Ferguson era.

Even though many of Fernandes’ goals for club have been from the penalty spot, his overall contribution to the side in match-winning performances on a consistent basis has been crucial. In fact, the Portuguese midfielder has 17 goal involvements in 17 appearances across this season and only the best duo in Europe right now boast more from a Premier League player in all competitions: Harry Kane and Son Heung-min

Of course, however, a United side that fails to make it out of the groups in the Champions League is clearly a disjointed one, and in this case, their defence has let them down once again. Clearly, something needs to be done about their defensive woes because it is extremely unlikely, regardless of the attacking talent they have, that they will be able to perform miraculous comebacks every week, especially in a derby.

In seven of their last nine games, United have conceded the first goal, with Harry Maguire, Aaron Wan-Bissaska and David De Gea singled out for individual criticism, and it has resulted in four defeats in that time, including the damaging Champions League elimination.

With City up next, the backline will be tested to its limits by one of world football’s most feared attacking forces, and a return to some solidity in this area could go a long way in earning United a result.

Manchester United Premier League Odds

skybet betting tip

MAN UNITED TO WIN THE PREMIER LEAGUE AND LEEDS TO BE RELEGATED @ 300/1

Ending up in the Europa League has done them no favours

After failing to get the point they needed from their final two Champions League group stage fixtures, United were sent packing from the competition by RB Leipzig in the week and will play Europa League football once again after Christmas.

It really does tell a tale of the club these days, how having fought back from 12 points behind pre-Project Restart, to finish in the Champions League sports, has now been near worthless and put them back in the Europa League anyway. And, to further cast a light on United's woeful Champions League exit, the club were the only English side not advance from their respective European group campaign, with Leicester City, Chelsea, Spurs, Arsenal, City and Liverpool all advancing as group winners.

Solskjaer coped pretty well with the Europa League schedule last season before it was forced to stop, partially thanks to drawing sub-standard opposition in Club Brugge and LASK Linz, which meant heavy rotation was still sufficient in seeing them through. The club were eventually knocked out when they met Sevilla in the semi-finals last season, which again, proved their worth as they were outclassed and outworked by a superior side, who they should be beating.

However, in a more densely compressed season, the additional knockout round in February will cause serious problems, mainly because of travelling. In the Europa League, the usual nearby destinations like Spain, Italy and Germany, are swapped for countries that add a couple more hundred miles, like Kazakhstan and the Czech Republic and this will no doubt have an impact.

It will force extra hours on the clock, less sleep, more time for recovery needed and further trouble for the calendar, particularly if they're still in the League Cup and the FA Cup.

Only time will tell if United are truly title contenders, but a win over the second favourites in a must-win derby for either side really does prove their worth, and, will keep them within five points and with a game in hand. Whether you like it or not, United could even be top in a matter of weeks, if their league form continues.

By Andrew Delaney

Manchester United Europa League Odds

skybet betting tip

MANCHESTER UNITED TO WIN EUROPA LEAGUE ODDS @ 11/2

Free Bets & Offers


BET £5 & GET £20 IN FREE BETS + 40 FREE SPINS!!!! 😍😍😍
NEW CUSTOMERS ONLY. FIRST SINGLE & E/W BET ONLY. ODDS OF 1/1 OR GREATER. 2 X £10 BET TOKENS. 40 FREE SPINS AT £0.10 PER SPIN. FREE BET STAKES NOT INCLUDED IN RETURNS. FREE BETS EXCLUDE VIRTUALS. FREE BETS ARE NON WITHDRAWABLE. NO FREE BET EXPIRY. GAME AND ELIGIBILITY RESTRICTIONS. 7 DAY FREE SPIN EXPIRY. FREE SPINS WILL AUTOPLAY ON FIRST ELIGIBLE GAME LOADED. FURTHER T&CS APPLY 18+. BEGAMBLEAWARE.ORG.
Claim Bonus
GET A £20 FREE BET WHEN YOU BET £20 ON ANY SPORT!!!! 😍😍😍
NEW CUSTOMERS ONLY. STRICTLY 18+. MINIMUM DEPOSIT £20. PLACE ANY £20 SPORTSBOOK BET AT MINIMUM ODDS OF 2.0(EVENS) TO RECEIEVE YOUR FREE £20 BET. YOUR £20 FREE BET MUST BE WAGERED TWICE (X2) AT MINIMUM ODDS OF 2.0(EVENS) BEFORE IT BECOMES CASH. IF YOUR FIRST £20 BET WINS, YOU HAVE TO BET £20 AGAIN TWICE AT MIN ODDS OF 2.0(EVENS) OR HIGHER TO TURN THE £20 FREE BET IN TO CASH. BUT YOU DO WIN CASH ON YOUR FIRST BET IF IT WINS - IT'S THE £20 BONUS THAT IS LOCKED UNTIL MINIMUM WAGERING REQUIREMENTS ARE MET.
Claim Bonus
⚡️Get up to £100 in Bet Credits⚡️
Open account offer. Up to £100 in Bet Credits for new customers at bet365. Min deposit £5. Bet Credits available for use upon settlement of bets to value of qualifying deposit. Min odds, bet and payment method exclusions apply. Returns exclude Bet Credits stake. Time limits and T&Cs apply.
Claim Bonus
🔥 BET £10 ON ANY SPORT & GET £20 IN FREE BETS 🔥
18+, Welcome Bonus: New Players only, 1st Deposit, Min Deposit,: £10, max £20 free bets valid for 14 days, bets must be placed at odds of 1/1 or greater and be settled within 14 days of placement. begambleaware.org.
Claim Bonus
GET A £30 MATCHED FREE BET IF YOUR FIRST FOOTBALL ACCA LOSES!!!! 🙌🙌🙌
New UK customers only. Min Deposit: £5. Maximum Free Bet: £30. First bet on a Football multiple with 3+ selections. Overall odds: 3.00 (2/1) or higher. Free Bets available upon settlement of the qualifying bet. Debit card deposits only. This is offer is valid for 7 days from your new account being registered. 18+ BeGambleAware.org Full terms apply. 18+.
Claim Bonus
GET £20 IN RISK FREE BETS!!!! ✅
New customers only. Deposit £20 using Debit Card or Trustly. Up to your first £20 of losses will be refunded as CASH within 24 hours of qualifying bet having been settled. T&Cs apply. 18+.
Claim Bonus
💎 BET £10 & GET £40 IN FREE BETS 💎
18+. Play Safe. When you sign-up via Mobile using promo code N40 and place a bet of £10/€10 or more we will give you 4x £10/€10 free bets credited after settlement of first qualifying bet, free bets will expire 30 days after the qualifying bet is placed, payment method/player/country restrictions apply.
Claim Bonus
🎯 BET £10 AND GET UP TO £30 IN FREE BETS! 🎯
New users only. Place qual bets of £10 (min odds 1/2, 2+ legs) in 1st 7 days to unlock. Awarded as 3 x £10 free bet. Min odds 1/1 3+ legs, + 7 day expiry. Winnings in cash. Full T&Cs Apply).
Claim Bonus
🔥 Bet £10, Get £30 FREE BETS + 30 Free Spins 🔥
New UK & NI customers only. Promo code SPORTS60. Deposit and place first sports bet of £10+ in one transaction, at odds of Evens (2.0)+, settled within 7 days of registration. First bet must be on Sports. £30 in Free Bets credited within 48 hours of bet settlement. 7-day expiry. Payment restrictions apply. SMS validation may be required. Max 30 Free Spins on Blue Wizard at £0.10 per spin. 7-day expiry. Full T&Cs apply.
Claim Bonus

🏆 £20 Risk Free First Bet - Money Back in CASH 🏆
New customers only, limited to one per person. If you’ve previously had a Paddy Power account, you will not qualify for the offer. Place your first bet on any Sportsbook market and if it loses we will refund your stake in CASH. Max refund for this offer is £/€20. Only deposits made using Cards or Paypal will qualify for this promotion. T&Cs apply.
Claim Bonus
🏆 £20 Risk Free First Bet - Money Back in CASH 🏆
New customers only, limited to one per person. If you’ve previously had a Betfair account, you will not qualify for the offer. Place your first bet on any Sportsbook market and if it loses we will refund your stake in CASH. Max refund for this offer is £/€20. Only deposits made using Cards or Paypal will qualify for this promotion. T&Cs apply.
Claim Bonus
🤩 Bet £10 & get £20 in FREE BETS 🤩
New customers only, min deposit and bet £10 (£20 if E/W bet) from Debit card only. Paypal not accepted. Min odds evens (1/5 per multi selection). 2x £10 Free Bets valid for 7 days, stake not returned, no cash out. T&Cs apply.
Claim Bonus
🌟 Bet £5 & get £30 in bonuses! 🌟
18+ New customers only. Opt in, bet £5 at odds 2.00+ within 7 days of registering, no cashout. Get 2x £10 Free Bets, set events at odds 2.00+. Plus £10 Game Show Bonus, selected games, wager 40x to withdraw max £250. 7 day bonus expiry. Card payments only. T&Cs apply. begambleaware.org | Please gamble responsibly
Claim Bonus
🟠 Bet £10 Get £30 + £10 casino bonus! 🟠
New customers only – Minimum deposit of £10 using deposit code 30F - A qualifying bet is a ‘real money’ stake of at least £10 placed on any sports market - Minimum odds of 1/2 (1.5) - Free bets credited upon qualifying bet settlement and expire after 7 days - Free bet stakes not included in returns - Deposit method and withdrawal restrictions apply & Full T&C’s apply
Claim Bonus
⚡️ Bet £10 Get £10 with EnergyBet! ⚡️
18+. UK Only. Available for new players who have registered at EnergyBet after 31.08.2020 and valid only for their first qualifying Sportsbook bet. Cash stakes only. Min £10 deposit required. Min. total odds of 3/4. Min. odds for each selection 1/4. Bonus amount £10. Bonus funds to be wagered 1x on odds of 4/5 or higher. Virtual Sports Bets do not qualify. Cashed out bets do not qualify. Other T&Cs apply. BeGambleAware. Please bet responsibly.
Claim Bonus
100% Matched Free Bet up to £10! ⚡️
New UK customers only. £10 Min Deposit. 100% matched free bet on your first deposit of £10. 1 x wagering at odds of 1.75+ to unlock Free Bets. Debit Card deposits only. This offer is valid for 7 days from your new account being registered. Full Terms apply. 18+. BeGambleAware.org. Bet The Responsible Way.
Claim Bonus

Facilitating the UK's largest online betting community, we provide our own tips on popular betting markets as well as offering the latest bets and offers.

Gamble Aware aims to promote responsibility in gambling. They provide information to help you make informed decisions about your gambling.

18+
Be Gamble Aware - Helpline: 0808 8020 133
Disclaimer

Oddschanger is owned and operated by Checkd Media. Contact [email protected] for more information.

© 2012 - 2021 Copyright Oddschanger. All Rights reserved. v2.5.1 (1)