Manchester United next manager betting update: Three horse race?

Carlo Ancelotti press conference

With Manchester United sacking David Moyes, who do the bookmakers think will replace him in the Old Trafford hot seat?

The dust is settling after United took the decision to sack Moyes yesterday, with Ryan Giggs now in charge on an interim basis until the club announce Moyes' replacement. Moyes' stint in charge was short lived, lasting just ten months at Old Trafford, and United have to hope that their next manager will last longer.

The market yesterday suggested that Louis van Gaal was the clear favourite, but what does the movement today tell us about the next United boss?

Odds shortening

Carlo Ancelotti's name is one that has been mentioned throughout the day, as the Real Madrid boss has now shot to second favourite. The former Chelsea manager was unlucky to lose his job at Stamford Bridge in 2011, and having bounced back at Paris Saint-Germain and now Real, the Italian would be a great choice to replace Moyes. The bookmakers think there may be legs to this one, with a shortest price of 4/1 on Ancelotti being the next United boss.

The other big mover continues to be Jose Mourinho. The current Chelsea manager had long been tipped to replace Sir Alex Ferguson at United, and despite it seeming remarkably unlikely that Mourinho ups sticks from West London to Old Trafford, the bookmakers continue to shorten his odds, now at a shortest price of 7/1.

Odds lengthening

Jurgen Klopp ended yesterday as the second favourite to land the job, but the Borussia Dortmund manager is consistently drifting out in the market. Klopp has already told United of his intention to stay in Germany, and the bookmakers are responding accordingly, with a largest price of 20/1 on Klopp replacing Moyes in the United hot seat.

Another manager severely drifting out is Atletico Madrid's Diego Simeone. Having been a player at the Estadio Vicente Calderon, it seems Simeone is settled with Atletico despite interest from elsewhere. The Argentine is now a largest price of 28/1 to replace Moyes, making it more and more unlikely that he's chosen as the new manager.

The favourite

No change here, as Louis van Gaal remains the favourite to take the reins at Old Trafford. The Dutchman, who is currently in charge of the Netherlands national team, will leave his position after the World Cup in Brazil this summer, and with a strong reputation around Europe, he's a perfect fit for a big club like United. Van Gaal is now odds on with every bookmaker, suggesting it's something of a foregone conclusion at this stage - but Ancelotti and Mourinho make it a three horse race.

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