United drift for 2013-14 title

  • By: Ben Coley
  • Last Updated: May 10 2013, 8:03 BST

Manchester United have drifted to defend their Premier League title after David Moyes was confirmed as their new manager.

David Moyes: Odds-on to leave United before contract expires
David Moyes: Odds-on to leave United before contract expires

Several firms have eased United out to 2/1, and Betfred, Ladbrokes and William Hill all make Manchester City their favourites.

At best prices, United remain marginally preferred at that general 2/1, although only BetVictor better it with regards City at 11/5.

Sky Bet have eased the new champions to 15/8 from 13/8, and their PR director Dale Temptest said: "Moyes seemed the obvious choice but you can't get away from the fact that he has not won a major trophy, so the pressure will be on if he fails to win one early in his tenure.

"It comes in contrast to Chelsea, whose odds have shortened with Mourinho expected to arrive this summer, while Manchester City are sure to come back stronger after relinquishing their title."

Coral also report that the money has been for Chelsea, who appear likely to confirm Jose Mourinho's return in the coming weeks.

They cut the London club to 3/1 from 9/2 on Thursday and that price, generally available, is now the best - several firms in fact quote 11/4.

Coral's Simon Clare said: "The departure of Sir Alex Ferguson, the news that Wayne Rooney also wants to leave, and the fact that Jose Mourinho now looks nailed on to return to Chelsea, have combined to be a catalyst for a serious plunge on the Blues to win next season's Premier League."

Moyes has been handed a six-year deal at Old Trafford but the consensus among the layers is that he won't see it out, with William Hill's 4/11 that he leaves before then appearing to be the best price.

"Moyes will have to hit the ground running because the spectre of Sir Alex in the boardroom will surely heap the pressure on him as soon as things go slightly awry," said Hill's spokesman Joe Crilly.

Coral are even less convinced by his long-term prospects and quote 4/1 for those backing him to see out the six years on his deal, as do bet365. Manchester-based Betfred offer just 7/4.

"Six years is a very long time in football and Moyes faces an immense challenge to maintain the same level of success that Sir Alex delivered to Manchester United, and our odds reflect the magnitude of his task," added Clare.

Paddy Power's odds suggest Moyes' tenure will last around two and a half years. He is 4/6 to enjoy more than two years in the post but 6/5 to stay at Old Trafford for three or more.

bet365 offer 6/1 that he fails to see out the 2013/14 season. Sky Bet go 7/2 in the same market and 1/6 that he does.

Betfred go 8/11 that Moyes' first season in charge results in zero trophies, a price bettered slightly by BetVictor's 4/5. The more ambitious United fan can get 750/1 that they land four trophies - the League, FA Cup, League Cup and Champions League - a price on offer with Sky Bet.

Power also offer a market on the number of major trophies Moyes wins during his total time in charge of the club and offer 5/6 either side of 2.5.