The search for a new Manchester United manager has taken a fresh twist as Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf claim that current Holland boss Louis Van Gaal has already thrashed out a deal to take the Old Trafford reigns after this summer’s World Cup.
However, Man United themselves are denying any such agreement has taken place.
A spokesperson for the club said: “There is nothing to report. We have not signed a new manager. When we have something to report, we will announce it.”
This has not stopped the Van Gaal’s odds plummeting from 8/11 to 1/4 overnight as the stand alone favourite to replace recently axed David Moyes.
With speculation intensifying surrounding the former Barcelona boss, interim coach Ryan Giggs – who had been fancied by many to take the post full time – has drifted out to 8/1.
Behind the United playing legend in the betting is Jose Mourinho at 16/1, though that feels unlikely, while Jurgen Klopp’s public insistence that he will be staying on at Borussia Dortmund has seen the German drift to 20s.
The reports in De Telegraaf suggest that Van Gaal met up with a United contingent led by executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward in a plush Algarve villa to negotiate the proposed job offer.
Although this has been repudiated by the Red Devils, the Dutch coach’s availability and reputation is slowly making him the standout pick, something punters are clearly agreeing with.
Meanwhile, aided by Sir Alex Ferguson (should he require it) Giggs will take charge of his first ever United match at home to relegation-threatened Norwich.
His charges are the 4/11 favourites, but placed as part of a fivefold or bigger with Ladbrokes, punters can get 8/13 on a United win.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.
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