Odds slashed on Mauricio Pochettino taking over at Man United

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The odds on Mauricio Pochettino becoming the next permanent manager of Manchester United have been slashed after a raft of bets on the Argentine.

The Tottenham boss was as long as 33/1 to replace Louis van Gaal at the turn of the year but with Spurs flying high this season and a number of wagers placed in the last few days our traders have been forced to cut the 44-year-old to just 6/1.

The former Southampton gaffer is now the third favourite for the role , with Jose Mourinho still the market jolly at 2/9 and Van Gaal’s assistant Ryan Giggs deemed a 5/1 shot.

Ronald Koeman (16/1), Laurent Blanc (25/1) and former United striker Mark Hughes (25/1) are also in the running but the betting patterns and Tottenham’s form of late mean the momentum is well and truly with Pochettino.

United currently sit outside the top four and unless Van Gaal can reel in noisy neighbours Manchester City and fend off the challenge of West Ham the Red Devils look set to miss out on Champions League football.

Should this prove to be their fate there are few people that believe the Dutchman can hang on to his job and while Mourinho is the clear favourite the drawn out nature of the supposed negotiations have seen enthusiasm for his appointment start to wane.

Pochettino, by comparison, is seeing his stock rise on a daily basis, with Sir Alex Ferguson recently saying: “Tottenham, at the moment, are playing some of the best football I’ve seen from a Spurs team in many years”.

United are next in action at home to Everton and billed as 11/10 favourites to secure all three points.

Failure to do so will leave the Red Devils’ chances of reaching the top four in the balance and add further weight to Pochettino’s claims for the manager’s role.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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