Manchester bookmaker Fred Done has hit the headlines again after agreeing to refund all punters who staked on Manchester United retaining their Premier League title.
Following the 3-0 home defeat to Liverpool at Old Trafford on Sunday, the Salford-born United supporter agreed to give back the £200,000 placed on United’s title chances.
With David Moyes at the helm, United are struggling to finish in the top four, let alone challenge for the title.
And Done, who has paid out early on United winning the league in the past, has said the club’s ‘hopeless’ season has shortchanged the fans.
“These loyal fans never had a chance of winning with United,” Done told the Manchester Evening News.
“This season the Reds have been useless, hopeless and meaningless.
“Anyone who has a bet on United winning the title need only take their slip to any shop and I will refund every penny.
“One of the reasons I’m doing this is, and becoming the first bookmaker ever to do so, is because of the way the fans were still singing for their team even though we were losing 3-0 to Liverpool.
“I couldn’t believe it and they deserve a team much better than that put out by David Moyes.
“They deserved a run for their money and they didn’t get it. They never had a chance. United are robbing the fans. The Glazers, some of whom were there at Old Trafford yesterday, need to get their hands in their pockets.
“I’m not the only one saying this but this team is going nowhere. I keep hearing about United being the best team in the world - that’s just wrong.
“They are not even the biggest team in Manchester and it breaks my heart saying that.”
The report claims the refund will cost Done’s business around £200,000 in total.
Moyes may end up paying a higher price though, with the United boss coming under increasing pressure after yet another disappointing day for the club.
In a season of ever deepening disappointments, Sunday was by far the worst for United fans to endure. They were humiliated at home to their fiercest rivals, with Liverpool well and truly in the hunt for a first ever Premier League title.
United meanwhile, as defending champions, are massive outsiders to even reach the Champions League qualification spots this season.