It was just like old times at the KCOM Stadium as Manchester United threw the sink at Hull late on, eventually coming out of Humberside with a 1-0 win thanks to substitute Marcus Rashford’s 92nd-minute strike.
Jose Mourinho’s masterplan certainly hasn’t come to fruition yet though, with Rashford, Paul Pogba, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and co shaky 13/5 second-favourites for the Premier League title behind 13/8 jollies Manchester City.
United never looked like conceding against Mike Phelan’s men, but they were far from fluid and the Portuguese made plenty of changes before landing on a winning formula, with Anthony Martial, Juan Mata and Marouane Fellaini all below their best.
Chelsea, on the other hand, continued their impressive start to the season by putting three past a Burnley side that shut out Liverpool at Turf Moor seven days prior, with Antonio Conte’s defence registering their first clean sheet under the Italian.
United are the only side to match the Blues’ 100 per cent record so far, with the Tigers’ faultless start now at an end and City not playing until tomorrow, but it’s strange to see the 2014/15 champions quite so far back in the betting at 5/1, despite their horrible 10th-place showing last term.
Conte bagged three Serie A titles in as many seasons at Juventus and got the best out of a limited Italy side at Euro 2016.
He inherited a title-winning squad and has bought well, with N’Golo Kante and Michy Batshuayi for under £65m looking cheaper and cheaper as the summer goes on, while a top-class centre-half will surely be snagged before the transfer window closes.
Liverpool and Spurs’ 1-1 draw at White Hart Lane, the third stalemate between the pair since Jurgen Klopp took over at Merseyside last autumn, showed each to be solid, but served to confirm, in a sense, their status of fifth and sixth likeliest sides to lift the Premier League trophy this term at 14/1 and 16/1 respectively.
Arsenal are 11/1 at the time of writing after their win at Watford, while champions Leicester are into 66/1 following thier first victory of the campaign at home to Swansea.