United 13/8 for 2014/15 trophy
Manchester United are 13/8 to win a major trophy next season following the appointment of Louis van Gaal.
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The Holland coach will take over at Old Trafford after this summer's World Cup, and news of his appointment was no surprise. He'd been favourite for the role since David Moyes left the club with most bookmakers suspending betting long before Monday's announcement.
Coral and Sky Bet both make van Gaal 11/8 to guide United to a trophy next season, with William Hill quoting 13/8.
Paul Wiggins, Sky Bet's Head of Football, said: "We've cut United's title odds next season from as long as 7/1 during the end of Moyes' reign to 11/2 when it became clear that van Gaal would be appointed, with the Dutchman odds-on for the post since shortly after we opened the market.
"Given van Gaal's impressive CV, we'd have probably only shortened United's outright odds further if Jose Mourinho or Pep Guardiola had been appointed."
Bwin offer 7/1 that United win the title, with 6/1 the price generally quoted by the better-known firms who also offer each-terms. Betfred cut United to 5/1 following the appointment, with Sky Bet adjusting their price to 11/2 from 7/1.
"We've all been expecting this appointment for a while now and ever since Van Gaal was linked with the job, punters have been backing United for next season," said Coral's John Hill. "We initially put them in at 8/1 but that got snapped up quickly."
United are odds-on for a top-four finish at 4/7 generally, while Robin van Persie can be backed to flourish under his compatriot and land the Golden Boot at 7/2.
Sky Bet offer 9/2 that van Gaal wins the LMA Manager of the Year award during his first season at the club, while he's just 4/5 to be named Premier League Manager of the Month at some stage next season.
Steve Freeth, spokesman for bet365, said: "Following David Moyes through the door feels a whole lot easier than succeeding Sir Alex Ferguson and we're 11/2 for the Red Devils to finish outside the top six next season."