Bookie Fred Done pays out on Manchester United as Premier League champions
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Bookie Fred Done pays out on Manchester United as Premier League champions

London : United Kingdom | Apr 23, 2011 at 12:29 PM PDT
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Arsenal's win at Blackpool brought the Gunners to within seven points of league leaders Man Utd

Big Red bookie Fred Done paid out on Manchester United as champions on the whistle at Old Trafford on Saturday. United beat Everton 1-0 thanks to Javier Hernandez' late header. The Salford based bookmaker said: "It's costing £300,000 but I'm absolutely convinced my beloved United have won the record 19th title. "I am sure that Chelsea and Arsenal won't catch us now, with us going nine points clear with the win against Everton." Fred, a lifelong United supporter, lost £500,000 in 1998 when he was the first bookie ever to pay out early on the Premier League title winners. United were 12 points clear of Arsenal when he paid out to his delighted punters but the invincible Gunners bounced back to pip the Reds. Fred told www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk: "You could say I haven't learnt my lesson but lightning can't strike twice. "I remember in 98 Sir Alex had a right go at me for paying out early. "Don't worry Alex it won't happen again. It's United's title."

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