He’s only be in the job five minutes, but following a wave of pessimism in the wake of Manchester United’s fifth Premier League loss of the season, Ladbrokes are taking bets on who will replace David Moyes.
Sir Alex Ferguson is a surprise inclusion at 10/1 to make a sensational return to management at Old Trafford, though current Borussia Dortmund coach, Jurgen Klopp, has been installed as the early 6/1 favourite.
Klopp has been a revelation at Dortmund, where he has won two Bundesliga titles as well as guiding the German club to the Champions League final last season.
Behind Klopp, is his Bundesliga adversary Pep Guardiola at 8/1, though given the former Barcelona boss is still in his first season at Bayern Munich, this would represent a mammoth move for the Spaniard.
United’s latest defeat to Newcastle has left the champions 12 points adrift of leaders Arsenal, down in ninth place and quoted at huge odds of 33/1 to retain their title.
The firm are also taking the step of quoting a 16/1 price on United finishing in the second-half of the Premier League for the first time since its inception.
However, those with a little more faith in the Scot can still get odds of 6/5 that he turns things around and at least manages to guide United to a top-four berth.
Alex Donohue of Ladbrokes said: “We don’t think it’s premature to start taking bets on who will replace Moyes. At this stage Klopp is the favourite with Ferguson not dismissed either.”
He added: “Manchester United are now as likely to win the Premier League as England are to win the World Cup.”
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.
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Ladbrokes latest betting
Manchester United to win the Premier League 33/1
David Moyes to leave before the end of the season 5/2
David Moyes to leave before Christmas Day 8/1
Manchester United to finish in the top four
Manchester United to finish in the bottom half 16/1
Next Permanent Manchester United manager
Jurgen Klopp 6/1
Pep Guardiola 8/1
Sir Alex Ferguson 10/1
Jose Mourinho 10/1
Ryan Giggs 16/1
Gary Neville 16/1