In order to stand any realistic chance of catching Manchester City in the second half of the season, Manchester United needed to secure maximum points from their three Premier League fixtures before the end of the year.
However, just days after their shock 2-1 defeat to Championship side Bristol City in the Carabao Cup, Jose Mourinho’s side could only draw 2-2 away at Leicester City on Saturday evening.
The Red Devils were on course to win the match after Juan Mata’s brace cancelled out Jamie Vardy’s first-half opener; however, a dramatic late equaliser from Harry Maguire cost United two precious points.
As a result, United now find themselves 13 points behind their noisy neighbours, who hammered Bournemouth 4-0 earlier in the day.
Man City’s remarkable start to the season is unprecedented in Premier League history. Of their 19 league fixtures, Pep Guardiola’s side have won 18, drawn just one and lost none, scoring 60 goals and conceding just 12 in the process.
At this rate, it wouldn’t be a surprise if City seal the Premier League title in April - or potentially as early as late-March.
Joey Barton tweets after Leicester 2-2 United
When the final whistle was blown at the King Power Stadium, former City midfielder Joey Barton tweeted what most of us were thinking.
“Congratulations to @ManCity on winning the @premierleague title,” the 35-year-old posted. “Fully deserved.”
City are now 1/66 to win the PL title
It won’t be too long before the bookmakers start paying out early on City winning the title.
Most of the bookies now have City priced as 1/66 on to be crowned champions in 2018. United, meanwhile, have now drifted to 33/1 and are still second favourites.
You can get 100/1 on Chelsea winning the title, 200/1 on Liverpool springing a major surprise, and 250/1 if you fancy either Tottenham or Arsenal.
Basically, it’s now almost certain that City will win the 2017-18 Premier League title, even though we’re only at the half-way stage of the campaign.
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