Man United 5/4 Favs for Title

  • Last Updated: November 4 2012, 10:34 GMT

Manchester United are 5/4 favourites to win the Premier League after they beat Arsenal 2-1 in Saturday's early game before other results went their way to leave them top of the table.

Van Persie: Scored against his old club

Robin van Persie was taunted throughout by visiting fans at Old Trafford but reminded them of his talents in the opening moments of a contest United dominated from the outset.

Wayne Rooney missed United's fourth penalty of the season but Patrice Evra added a second and Arsenal's misery was compounded by the sending off Jack Wilshere before Santi Cazorla hit an injury-time consolation.

The result took United top and they stayed there after Swansea's Pablo Hernandez struck an 88th-minute equaliser to earn a 1-1 draw against previous leaders Chelsea at the Liberty Stadium.

Victor Moses' 61st-minute header put the Blues in charge but they were forced to settle for a share of the spoils when Hernandez levelled with a magnificent low strike from outside the area.

Roberto Di Matteo's side, now a point off the pace, are widely available at 10/3 to lift the trophy.

The day got better for United when defending champions Manchester City blew the chance to join them at the top following a frustrating goalless draw at West Ham.

The decision to start with Mario Balotelli, Carlos Tevez and Edin Dzeko in the same XI for the first time failed just as spectacularly as they failed to score for the first time in almost seven months.

Roberto Mancini's side, two points behind United, are second favourites to retain their title at a best of 9/4 with Paddy Power.

The bookies still expect Arsenal to finish in the top four despite remaining on 15 points after 10 games - their worst tally at this stage of the season under Arsene Wenger's management.

Arsenal remain off the top-four pace, although the fact that the sides who appear to be their main rivals for such a spot - Tottenham and Everton - both failed to pile pressure on them meant that Blue Sqaure were prepared to offer them at 10/11 in the market.

Spurs lost 1-0 at home to Wigan and are 2/1 (general) to replicate last season's top-four finish.

Everton were pegged back late on to draw 2-2 at Fulham. Ladbrokes pushed them out to 8/1 but that soon came back into 6s.

It is the Toffees who currently sit in fourth place, two points better off than Arsenal. Tottenham lie fifth, just behind Everton on goal difference.