Van Gaal emerges as leading candidate for Manchester United
Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal has become the runaway bookies’ favourite to get the Manchester United job in the summer.
David Moyes was sacked on Tuesday morning after Manchester United’s worst season since the Premier League was created. Player-coach Ryan Giggs, 40, was named interim manager but is not expected to be considered for the permanent job at the end of the season.
Before Moyes’ sacking, Van Gaal was joint favourite with Borussia Dortmund’s Juergen Klopp, who has since ruled himself out of the running. Bayern Munich’s Pep Guardiola also refuted claims he would be in line for a shock switch only one season after joining the Bundesliga champions.
As a result, Van Gaal – the former Bayern, Barcelona, Ajax and AZ coach – has shot to the top of the bookmakers’ lists, with most listing him as evens or odds-on to get the job after his Netherlands contract expires following the World Cup.
Meanwhile, the odds on other candidates are lengthening rapidly – second favourite Klopp is down to 10/1 with some bookies, although Jose Mourinho has shortened from 40/1 to anything as low as 12/1. Unlikely, given United snubbed him first time round.
Everything, however, points to Van Gaal.