I’m still feeling just a little bit smug… and I bet you can’t think why!
Not only did I predict in last week’s column that my life-long team United would raise their game and get something against Liverpool at Old Trafford, but they actually won to go above our great rivals in the Premier League.
Now, I know nobody likes a clever devil so I’m only mentioning that fantastic, morale-boosting victory once!
But it has given me a warm glow, especially as one of my favourite players Marcus Rashford, who hails from Wythenshawe and learnt his trade in the academy, was my MOTM.
More of this from Rashford and he’ll be a shoo-in for the World Cup in Qatar – while it’s a completely different story for Harry Maguire who was dropped on Monday, leaving huge questions about whether Gareth Southgate will be leaving him at the departure gate.
As for another axed star, Cristiano Ronaldo, well I’m on record saying he needs a new challenge.
Monday’s win has seen United’s odds to win the Premier League title, ahead of today’s trip to Southampton, have been slashed from 125/1 to 50/1 – while, and some would say more realistically, we’re now 4/1 from 7/1 to achieve a top-four finish.
I certainly wouldn’t like to be in Southampton’s shoes today against the re-charged Reds who are odds-on with us to win.
Rashford is 13/2 to open the scoring at St. Mary’s, with new boy Casemiro 15/2 to score anytime – while Ronaldo is 5/6 to get on the score-sheet which is entirely possible after being dropped to the bench against Liverpool.
Meanwhile City, who are odds-on to get back to winning ways against Palace this afternoon, are 5/2 favourites with Betfred to win the Champions League for the first time in their history, ahead of PSG at 5/1 and Liverpool at 11/2.