Red Devils cut for title after slick Swans win

A SECOND 4-0 success of the season saw Manchester United cut to 11-4 to win a first Premier League title since 2013.

The Red Devils scored three goals in a blistering four-minute spell towards the end of the second half as they swept aside Swansea, much in the same manner as they did to West Ham a week ago.

Defender Eric Bailly opened the scoring for Jose Mourinho's visitors on the stroke of half-time, before Romelu Lukaku, Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial confirmed United's superiority after the break.

Lukaku's 80th-minute strike was his third of the league campaign and he is 5-2 favourite with Coral to win the Golden Boot and 11-2 with Betfair to be crowned PFA player of the year.

Southampton ended a run of six home games without a goal to consign West Ham to a second defeat of the new campaign.

The Hammers, who had record-signing Marko Arnautovic sent off for violent conduct midway through the first half, had fought back from two goals down courtesy of a brace from new striker Javier Hernandez but were denied a point by a last-minute Charlie Austin penalty.

A Dusan Tadic spot-kick and a Manolo Gabbiadini strike had earlier opened up a two-goal advantage for the Saints. Brighton are 11-10 for relegation after suffering a second defeat in succession at Leicester, who are evens for a top-half finish after their 2-0 success at the King Power Stadium.

Debutant Jese Rodriguez helped Stoke complete a 1-0 victory over Arsenal at the bet365 Stadium.

The Gunners were left to rue a number of missed chances and a marginal decision to rule out an Alexandre Lacazette strike for offside. Arsenal are 10-11 with Betfair to finish outside the top four.

Elsewhere Hal Robson-Kanu scored and saw red in West Brom's 1-0 victory at Burnley, Liverpool squeezed past Crystal Palace and Watford were 2-0 victors at Bournemouth with £11.5m Brazilian signing Richarlison opening his account for the Hornets.

Cardiff and Ipswich remain the only sides in the Sky Bet Championship with a perfect record after they gained victories over Wolves and Brentford respectively.

Neil Warnock's Cardiff are now 12-1 fourth-favourites for the second-tier title and 7-2 to gain promotion to the top-flight.

Pre-season favourites Middlesbrough slumped to a 2-1 defeat at Nottingham Forest. Bet365 reacted by pushing Boro out to 13-2 for the title.

Leeds shook off the absence of last season's top scorer Chris Wood to claim a second win of the season at Sunderland.Wood ruled himself out of the Stadium of Light clash and the New Zealand international is expected to complete a reported £15m move to Premier League Burnley in the coming days.

Wigan are one of four sides with a perfect three-from-three record in League One, while Exeter moved level on points with leaders Swindon at the top of League Two with victory over Lincoln.

Match in Focus

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China v Wales

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  • China failed to win both of their 2017 China Cup games
Expert verdict
Ryan Giggs takes charge for the first time as Wales manager when they face the hosts in the China Cup and the Manchester United legend will be delighted to have the services of talisman Gareth Bale. His presence is a huge boost for Giggs in his bid to get off to a winning start and his team should be able to secure a victory.



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