Palmerbet Sports Team run their eye over Manchester United’s horrible start to the season, which has seen their EPL title odds smashed.

There is something slightly unhinged about Jose Mourinho’s current demeanour. A ranting press conference following his side’s loss to Tottenham at home on Tuesday morning confirmed this. Feeling aggrieved with the so-called ‘disrespect’ shown by journalists, Mourinho held up three fingers repeatedly at the press throng. The three raised fingers weren’t to ram home the fact that his side had just lost 3-0 to home to Tottenham (yes, three goals to nil, to Spurs, at Old Trafford). They were rather to show the world how many titles he’s won. “I won more Premierships alone than the other 19 manager together,” he said. “Three for me and two for them. Respect, respect, respect man.”

It’s the latest in a string of meltdowns. In the space of just three weeks, his club has gone from $9 title chances to massive $41 outsiders with Palmerbet. The monumental shift in odds confirms what most (aside from the backs-to-the-wall loyalists) fans are thinking. That United look cooked, and the season is merely three weeks old. The Red Devils look defensively frail, although that seemingly gives Mourinho something to fall back on given his pleas to sign a centre-half in the transfer windows were rejected by the club. A scrappy win over Leicester was followed by defeats to Brighton and Tottenham. And it seems he’s hanging onto his job by a thread…

Stark comparisons

Sure, fans are becoming increasingly frustrated with United’s inability to string results together and play entertaining football. But Mourinho’s side is viewed in the poorest of lights when placed alongside their two biggest EPL rivals: Manchester City and Liverpool. Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp instill a positive-first approach at their respective clubs and, more importantly, create a distinct culture. Fans therefore know what they stand for in an on-field sense. In stark contrast, United fans haven’t the slightest club what theirs currently stands for.

Is this the time to get on?

Having said all that, is this the time to get on United in certain markets? Sure, it appears the title race is all but out of the equation. But a top four finish is certainly not. Mourinho’s side has lengthened from $1.50 to $2.50 to make the top four with Palmerbet. Could this now be a shrewd bet? The reality is the 38-game season is just three fixtures old and, irrespective of whether Mourinho coaches out the EPL season, the club possess far too much top-end talent to fall by the wayside. The likes of Lukaku ($15 with Palmerbet to win the league’s top goalscorer), Sanchez, Pogba, Lingard, Martial and Rashford will therefore, on most occasions, score more goals than their defensive counterparts concede. Once defensive frailties are addressed, United should fall comfortably back into in the Champions League spots.

This weekend

United travel to Turf Moor on Monday morning (1am AEST) and start as $1.62 favourites against Burnley. Sean Dyche’s side are typically tough to play away from home, and this result is far from a gimme for Mourinho’s men. He will take few risks in this one, for he knows his job is now almost certainly on the line. Therefore, fans can expect a low-scoring encounter. Our tip for the clash? Total Goals – Under 2.5.