Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is bringing a sense of “fear” back to Old Trafford as the Red Devils jostle for this season’s Premier League title, according to former club assistant Mike Phelan.
United have endured several seasons of torment since club legend Sir Alex Ferguson left the helm in 2013, but Phelan, who served as part of the coaching staff for 14 years, told Sky Sports’ Premier League Daily that the same atmosphere is beginning to develop under Mourinho:
“I think they are getting that (fear) back slowly because now at Old Trafford there is an atmosphere, there is an expectation and the players are reacting really well to it. You have to build that reputation, that fear, and I think it was lost a little bit in the time Sir Alex had left.
“In the off-season, he’s gone about his business really, really well. I think he’s come back fresh and he’s added to the squad and I think they are looking at a squad now that can really go the distance.”
United face Liverpool on Saturday and head into the Week 8 encounter as a 11/4 (3.75)
shot for the title behind favourites Manchester City, who lead the division and are priced 4/6 (1.67) with Bet365.
Liverpool, on the other hand, have endured a difficult time under Jurgen Klopp this term and have slipped to 33/1 (34.00) outsiders for the crown.
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2017-18 Premier League Title Odds
Manchester City: 4/6 (1.67)
Manchester United: 11/4 (3.75)
Chelsea: 9/1 (10.00)
Tottenham Hotspur: 14/1 (15.00)
Arsenal: 25/1 (26.00)
Liverpool: 33/1 (34.00)