Manchester United’s 1-1 draw with Chelsea left them ten points adrift of Jose Mourinho’s men and with neighbours Manchester City up next, that gap could well stretch at the weekend.
Still, this hasn’t dented Luke Shaw’s belief that the Red Devils remain in title contention.
The 13-time Premier League winners can be backed at 20/1 to reign supreme come the end of the campaign, though the teenage full-back isn’t perturbed by these inflated odds.
“Of course we are still in the title race, it’s a long season and we are at the start of it. You don’t know what will happen during the middle of the season.”
They’re wise words from the young man and we at news.bwin.com/en/ are inclined to agree with him.
Here’s why the Red Devils are worth a flutter to win the Premier League:
Louis van Gaal has won the league in both his maiden campaigns managed outside of his homeland.
In addition to winning multiple Eredivisie crowns during stints with Ajax and AZ Alkmaar, the Dutch tactician has a track record of cracking foreign leagues at the first go too.
His first season at the Barcelona helm saw him bring home the La Liga bacon and his maiden voyage in Bundesliga waters yielded an identical result at Bayern Munchen.
Man Utd are still acclimatising to Van Gaal’s style of play.
The Red Devils’ spirited showing against Chelsea was, without doubt, their sternest showing of the season so far.
After introducing new formations, as well as ingratiating a raft of new arrivals, it was always going to take a bit of time for LVG to deliver the goods, but their draw against an imperious Blues side indicates that they’re not far away.
With Crystal Palace, Hull and Stoke their next three home games, United are nailed on to pull away from their current eighth-place berth in the coming weeks.
Their decimated defence is gradually returning to fitness.
Chris Smalling started his first game following a three-game spell on the sidelines against Chelsea, while Phil Jones and Jonny Evans are bordering on recovery from their respective setbacks.
In addition to the repopulation of their backline, there’s the small matter of Michael Carrick’s comeback to take into consideration.
The veteran anchorman is the most adept protector of the rearguard in the Red Devils’ ranks and his reintegration will see their fortunes improve.