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Can Manchester United win the treble? Paddy Power will be coughing up £1 million if they do

by Josh Powell | February 21, 2013
OLE-GEND: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is an Old Trafford hero after securing the 1999 treble

OLE-GEND: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is an Old Trafford hero after securing the 1999 treble

By Josh Powell | Sports writer

The whispers have already started spreading in Luton, Stevenage and Milton Keynes. There are a few around Stretford too. It is 14 years after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s late winner sparked wild celebrations and a cart-wheel from Peter Schmeichel that gets 10 for effort but 4.5 for execution. But Manchester United fans are talking about the treble again.

United sit 12 points clear at the top of the Premier League with 12 games remaining after dropping just three points at home and not losing in the league since November 17th. The Red Devils have practically sewn up the title with a third of the season to go.

Paddy Power is so confident Sir Alex Ferguson’s men will regain their crown he paid out on them to win the Premier League a fortnight ago.

Fergie’s men are also safely through to the quarter-finals of the FA Cup where they have a home tie against either Middlesbrough or Chelsea. In the Champions League Real Madrid have to visit Old Trafford after a 1-1 draw in the Bernabeu gave United the smallest of advantages.

At the start of the season some overly optimistic punters trod the line between genius and crazy by backing United to win the treble at 100/1. That bet looks like a master-stroke as Paddy Power have sliced the odds for Manchester United to win all three over the last nine months and they are now 16/1 to bag the lot.

PRICE DROP: How Manchester United's price for the treble has fallen since June

PRICE DROP: How Manchester United’s odds to win the treble have fallen since June

One Paddy Power punter happily showed off his undying love of United, and the size of his manhood, by whacking on £30 at 100/1 in June. If the Red Devils pull off the treble that bet will cost Paddy more than £3,000.

Unfortunately for the boss that is just a drop in the ocean. As it stands Paddy is set to lose a tidy £1 million if Manchester United get their hands on the Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League this season. 

The league title is sown up and the FA Cup certainly looks winnable with teams like Tottenham, Liverpool and Arsenal already crashing out. They have a home tie coming up against Madrid in the Champions League and AC Milan have shown that trophy is there for the taking after shocking Barcelona 2-0.

Paddy is as nervous as Tulisa in confession, and rightly so the way United are playing.

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