Premier League winner: Red Devils confirm Ronaldo coup

Premier League winner: Red Devils confirm Ronaldo coup

Manchester United are 5/1 in bwin’s Premier League winner predictions after confirming the capture of Cristiano Ronaldo.

The five-time world player of the year has returned to Old Trafford from Juventus on a two-year contract, with the option for a third.

Ronaldo left United 12 years ago to join Real Madrid, having scored 118 goals in 292 appearances for the Red Devils, helping them win three Premier League titles and a Champions League.

“Manchester United is a club that has always had a special place in my heart and I have been overwhelmed by all the messages I have received since the announcement on Friday,” the 36-year-old said.

“I cannot wait to play at Old Trafford in front of a full stadium and see all the fans again.

“I’m looking forward to joining up with the team after the international games and I hope we have a very successful season ahead.”

United have made a solid start to the campaign, with Sunday’s 1-0 victory at Wolves giving them seven points from three matches.

Liverpool and Chelsea are on the same mark after drawing 1-1 at Anfield and can be backed at 9/2 and 11/4 respectively.

Kai Havertz put the Blues ahead on 22 minutes but Mohamed Salah equalised just before half-time via a penalty incident which also saw Reece James sent off.

Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta told the club website. “When you are one man down for the whole second half, it is really tough but it was a challenge for us.

“Everybody had the ambition to go even for a win and we actually had the best two chances in the second half, even though they had a lot of possession.

“The team spirit was brilliant from everybody, we fought together and we got the least reward of a point.”

Jurgen Klopp countered: “The performance was really good against the strongest Chelsea side for a long, long time.

“We could have done better for sure but it’s early in the season. Chelsea put a proper shift in as well and I respect that, so just take the point and carry on.”

Spurs set early pace

Tottenham went into the international break on top of the table with nine points and are 33/1 in bwin’s Premier League outright odds.

Son Heung-min’s 42nd-minute strike against Watford proved enough to give Spurs a third straight 1-0 success.

New boss Nuno Espirito Santo is not getting carried away but it is the first time the club has kicked off with three straight clean sheets.

“That’s the beginning of everything,” stated Nuno. “Always said the shape, organisation, being solid and compact – because we have talent.

“Being consistent is what we are focused on and we have to keep on going.”

Tottenham have also agreed a fee of around €30million with Barcelona for right-back Emerson Royal.

Title holders Manchester City are three points off the pace but sent out an ominous warning to their challengers with a 5-0 thrashing of Arsenal and are 6/5 favourites.

Ferran Torres hit a double and Ilkay Gundogan, Gabriel Jesus and Rodri also netted versus the Gunners, who had Granit Xhaka dismissed.

Gundogan said: “It’s a privilege to be a part of this team, of this group of players and, obviously, when you’re able to put performances like that on the pitch, then even more.”

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