Man United go into their final home game of the season against Swansea (4pm KO, Live on Sky Sports 1) knowing only a win is good enough in order to keep their title hopes alive and they are fancied to run riot and register a wide margin success.
Having been 8 points clear and looking to have the title in the bag they now sit in second place on goal difference behind arch rivals City.
The defensive lapses which saw them concede four goals against Everton a fortnight ago are now looking more costlier by the minute, and their attacking performance in their 1-0 defeat to City on Monday was shocking.
They didn’t have one shot on target in that game, and a change in formation didn’t seem to help as they failed to terrorise and create chances down the flanks like they have all season.
The result is that City now have a goal difference standing at eight, and Sir Alex’s men need big wins in their final two matches of the season or hope that their rivals slip up in their remaining fixtures if they are to lift a 20th league title.
United must win this 9they are a best priced 1/5 to do so) and by as big a margin as possible.
As far as the stats are concerned, Swansea have never managed to win at Old Trafford (D2, L6) so that is one massive plus.
United have also scored four goals in each of their last two home games, in which Rooney netted twice in both.
So providing they revert to their normal playing system you would expect them to go for the jugular and put Swansea to the sword.
Rooney is a top priced 100/30 with Betfred to score first, and that looks worth a wager given that he is as short as 2/1 with Ladbrokes.
I think that United are capable of putting 4, 5 or even six past the Swans without reply.
Those scorelines can be backed at 9/1, 16/1 and 33/1. I am going to suggest a small split stake on all three outcomes.