Van Gaal favourite for United

  • Last Updated: April 23 2014, 13:13 BST

Louis Van Gaal was made favourite for the Manchester United manager's job after David Moyes left the club.

David Moyes: Left Manchester United
David Moyes: Left Manchester United

Moyes had been backed off the boards to depart and the market had it spot on as he departed on Tuesday morning.

Van Gaal - also reported to be coveted by Tottenham - had already been made favourite and was a best of 3/1 with Betfred and Ladbrokes at 0845 BST.

By 1115, he'd been punted into a best of 15/8 with BetVictor and as short as evens with bet365, and come 1545 he was a general 5/4 chance and odds-on in a place.

David Williams, of Ladbrokes, said: "Punters have made an early move for Van Gaal. The rumour-mill is in overdrive and the Dutch coach has attracted all the money."

The move for Van Gaal doubtless had something to do with comments from Jurgen Klopp, who appeared to rule out a move to Old Trafford. As such, he drifted from 6/1 in the morning to a general 10/1 mid-afternoon.

Steve Freeth, spokesman for bet365, confirmed: "Klopp would be a popular choice amongst Manchester United fans, but he's drifted from an early 7/2 quote after reports of him not being interested."

Whoever does take over faces a tough task to return United to their best, with Sky Bet offering 7/1 that they win the 2014/15 Premier League title and William Hill going 8/1.

Paul Wiggins, Sky Bet's head of football trading, said: "David Moyes' disastrous tenure has come to an end, and while some of Manchester United's results have been pleasing for bookmakers they haven't for the fans and the inevitable has occurred this morning.

"There has been a spread of money across the four frontrunners in the market with Louis Van Gaal, Jurgen Klopp, Ryan Giggs and Diego Simeone all generating early interest."

As for Moyes, Sky Bet quoted 5/1 that his next job is at Newcastle compared to 9/4 quoted by Coral and were forced to revise that to 5/2 in the afternoon.

Sky Bet also offered 5/1 that Giggs guides United to victory in each of their remaining games this season, while William Hill produced a quote of 7/2 that he secures between 10 and 12 points.

"If Giggs flourishes in his role as caretaker, the fans will be clamouring for him to get the job permanently and the odds on him being appointed as the new full-time boss will rapidly tumble," said William Hill spokesman Jon Ivan-Duke.

  • Updated at 1540 BST on 22/04/2014.