Louis van Gaal was as big as 14/1 to be the next Premier League manager to get the boot last week – but this is the season of giving after all, and the rumours are LVG might receive the bullet before we see out 2015.
Paddy Power have received some sizeable chunks of money on the Manchester United manager to be next to get the sack, and consequently the Dutchman’s odds have been slashed to .
It has been a tough few week for the Red Devils after defeat away to Wolfsburg saw them crash out of the Champions League in spectacular style. United followed that up with a 2-1 defeat away to Bournemouth and then an even more surprising 2-1 defeat at home to Norwich, leaving them nine points off Leicester at the top of the table.
That’s now six games in all competitions without a win – and when you’re manager of Manchester United, that simply isn’t up to scratch.
As a quick comparison, Louis van Gaal’s win rate in all competitions is 50.7 per cent, while David Moyes’ was 52.9 per cent before he was unceremoniously axed after just nine months at the helm. If you’re more concerned with style over substance, LVG’s Red Army have scored 1.64 goals a game, compared to Moyes’ goals per game of 1.69. Plus of course Moyes had the Community Shield don’t forget.
Throw a little more fuel onto this burning fire of Manchester misery, and remember that 23 per cent of United’s games this season have finished 0-0. It’s little surprise that patience is running thin in the Stretford End.
LVG is now to be the next manager shown the door, with the newly deposed Jose Mourinho the favourite to be the next man to take the reins at Old Trafford. Ryan Giggs seems like a logical choice to step up to the plate permanently after his experience as assistant and is a punt, while Pep Guardiola is a shot. We know he’s not staying in Munich beyond this season but he may prefer to follow the money to the blue side of Manchester.
It might not be a very Merry Christmas at this rate for LVG, because if the odds are correct the only thing in his stocking next week will be his P45.
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