Fred Done to Refund All Bets on Manchester United Winning the Title

Lee WalkerUK Managing EditorMarch 17, 2014

Manchester United's Wayne Rooney, right, Michael Carrick, centre, and Robin van Persie wait for play to restart after Liverpool's first goal during their English Premier League soccer match at Old Trafford Stadium, Manchester, England, Sunday March 16, 2014. Liverpool won the game 3-0. (AP Photo/Jon Super)
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Manchester United fans have had a torrid season, but one bookmaker is giving those die-hards who backed the Red Devils to retain the title a touch of relief. 

Betfred owner Fred Done has said that any punter who had a bet on United to win the Premier League will get a full refund.

The Manchester Evening News said it will cost the bookie £200,000.

Done infamously paid out early on United winning the title in 1998, only for Arsenal to overtake Sir Alex Ferguson's men.

He was quoted in the paper as saying:

These loyal fans never had a chance of winning with United. This season the Reds have been useless, hopeless and meaningless. One of the reasons I’m doing this is, and becoming the first bookmaker ever to do so, is because of the way the fans were still singing for their team even though we were losing 3-0 to Liverpool. I couldn’t believe it and they deserve a team much better than that put out by David Moyes.

Trouble is we fear that most United fans ripped up their slips many months ago.