Odds of 11/8 for van Gaal to do what Moyes couldn’t at United

Old Trafford Statues

Following his appointment as Manchester United manager, what are the odds of Louis van Gaal winning a trophy - or leaving - in his first season?

Following the news that Manchester United have appointed Louis van Gaal as their new permanent manager, Sky Bet have released the odds for the Dutchman to win a trophy in his debut season.

The current Holland national team boss is 11/8 to do what his predecessor David Moyes could not and win any major cup next season. Van Gaal is also 3/1 to lose his job before the end of the campaign; something that, let’s face it, is nigh-on impossible.

Not many men could be tipped to take the disappointment that was United’s most recent campaign and completely turn it on its head. But the 62-year-old Dutchman is a legend of management and if anyone can turn the club’s fortunes around, he can.

Sky Bet’s Head of Football, Paul Wiggins, revealed on Monday that United’s odds for the Premier League title next year shortened once it became clear van Gaal was in the box-seat.

With United now 11/2 to reclaim the title, Wiggins said, “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.”

Given that both those men had recently ruled themselves out of the running, van Gaal was soon the firm favourite for the job. And now United’s announcement means they can focus on bringing in the new players that can turn them into contenders again, first in England and then – if things go according to plan – in Europe once more.

Register for MANCHESTER UNITED team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch