Birthday boy Ferguson 3-1 to retire in 2013

BIRTHDAY boy Sir Alex Ferguson is 71 on New Year's Eve but the Manchester United manager has shown no sign of losing his hunger and determination to succeed.

However, Betfred are betting on when Ferguson decides to leave Old Trafford with 2014 the 2-1 favourite and it’s 3-1 he departs in 2013, with the veteran Scot 14-1 to continue until at least 2017.

United will head into 2013 with a seven-point advantage at the Premier League summit and bookmakers rate them 2-5 to win the title this season.

Match in Focus

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C Palace v Liverpool

Home Win Draw Away Win
Key stats
  • Liverpool have kept only two clean sheets in all competitions
Expert verdict
After a promising start to Neil Warnock’s second stint in the Selhurst Park dugout, Crystal Palace are finding the going tough with the 1-0 loss at Manchester United their fourth defeat in five. However, there were encouraging signs at Old Trafford and they can test Liverpool's shaky defence even if the visitors eventually prove too good in the attacking third.

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