Fred pay­ing out on ‘Pool

Manchester Evening News - - SPORT -

FRED Done made his­tory when he be­came the first bookie to pay out early on who would be Pre­mier League cham­pi­ons.

That was back in 1998 when his beloved United were 12 points ahead of Arse­nal – but he caught a cold and the Gun­ners bounced back to pip Sir Alex Fer­gu­son and his fal­ter­ing team.

But now Fred has done it again, pay­ing out ear­lier than ever on Liver­pool win­ning the ti­tle in 2020, cost­ing him more than a mil­lion.

He was con­vinced he should give thou­sands of fans of the Mersey­side ta­ble-toppers an early Christ­mas present af­ter watch­ing United pull off an against-the-odds derby win against City at the Eti­had.

He said: “I’ve just watched my team beat ar­guably Liver­pool’s big­gest ri­vals City, 2-1. It was a thrilling game and I’ve loved ev­ery sec­ond of it. So - I’m go­ing to pay out on Liver­pool for the Pre­mier League… and it’s go­ing to cost me plenty of dough, but it’s my Xmas present to all my Scouse pun­ters who have been pay­ing for my hol­i­days all these years!”

In 2011/12, ig­nor­ing the pleas of Sir Alex Fer­gu­son, Fred paid out on United yet again, with them five points clear of City in April of that sea­son.

But that was the year of Ser­gio Aguero’s late, late win­ner at the Eti­had against QPR that clinched the ti­tle – the Pre­mier League’s most thrilling fin­ish ever. Fred had played two, lost two, in the early pay-out stakes!

But it was third time lucky in 2013 when United, who were 12 points clear with a dozen games re­main­ing – romped to the ti­tle.

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