Giggs attracts support

  • Last Updated: April 26 2014, 20:42 BST

Ryan Giggs has been cut from 10/1 to 4/1 to be the next permanent Manchester United manager after his winning start prompted backing from Sky Bet punters.

Ryan Giggs speaks with Patrice Evra during the 4-0 win at Old Trafford
Ryan Giggs speaks with Patrice Evra during the 4-0 win at Old Trafford

The interim United boss led his side to a 4-0 victory over Norwich in the Saturday Night Football clash, which led to a run of bets on him to get the position on a permanent basis and caused his odds to tumble.

Louis van Gaal remains Sky Bet's clear favourite for the post at 1/4 in what is increasingly looking like a two-horse race, with the likes of Carlo Ancelotti, Jurgen Klopp and Jose Mourinho all drifting out to 33/1.

Paul Wiggins, Head of Football at the Leeds-based firm, said: "It's hardly surprising to see a run of money on Giggs after a convincing victory live on Sky Sports, prompting us to significantly cut his odds.

"However, the visit of struggling Norwich was arguably the ideal first game in charge and we still favour the vastly more experienced Van Gaal to get the post given the enormity of the task ahead in transforming United's fortunes."

In the lunchtime kick-off, Everton's hopes of playing Champions League football next season were dealt a severe blow with a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Southampton.

Sky Bet now offer 10/1 for the Toffees to claim a top-four spot, with Arsenal now a point ahead with Monday night's game with Newcastle in hand.

"Everton's defeat at Southampton might spell the end of the race for fourth, with Arsenal long odds-on to see off a Newcastle side who haven't turned up for weeks on Monday night," said Sky Bet's Sandro Di Michele.

"At the other end of the table, we eased Fulham to 4/5 for relegation when they went 2-0 up against Hull only to throw two points away and they're back into 1/5 now, while Norwich are 1/6 after their defeat at Old Trafford. We also cut Aston Villa following their loss at Swansea but they look like they should be OK."

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