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.
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.
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.