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Betting odds slashed on Pochettino to be next Manchester United manager

by Adam Inn

Mauricio Pochettino is now priced as short as 3/10 to be the next permanent manager of Manchester United following comments from the Argentine that he would ‘love to work in the Premier League’.

The former Tottenham Hotspur boss was sacked by Spurs in November, five months after leading them to the Champions League final and a fourth consecutive Premier League top-four finish.

Pochettino’s reputation has not suffered and having been touted as a potential future United manager even before he left Tottenham, those links have only intensified since his departure.

Betting odds on the 47-year-old replacing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer quickly went from 6/1 to 10/11 with some football betting sites in the UK, and the price has continued to drop, up until now where the odds are shorter than ever before at 3/10.

The second-favourite for the job is currently Massimiliano Allegri, who was interviewed for the Arsenal job in 2018. Reports in Italy have suggested that the Italian has a deal in place with an English club, and the bookies have him priced at 5/1 to take over at Old Trafford.

After Pochettino and Allegri, it is somewhat of a free-for-all in the betting market. Around 20 names feature under the 50/1 mark, showing that it really is anyone’s guess who gets the job if it isn’t either of those two.

Of course, there is no guarantee that Solskjaer is dismissed any time soon. The Norwegian appears to have the club’s full backing as United continue their rebuild and recent results have been very encouraging for his short and long term future.

The Red Devils are the favourites to win the Europa League, while they are still in the FA Cup and the deficit behind fourth-placed Chelsea in the league has been cut to just three points.

Bruno Fernandes’ arrival has sparked an upturn in form that has seen Solskjaer drift from 5/2 to 14/1 to be the next Premier League manager to leave his post. By claiming the BetVictor sign up offer, that price can be snapped up by those who believe he is headed for the exit door.

If things do turn bad and United pull the plug, it begs the question – what direction do they go in next?

A return to a British manager could be in the offing, with Brendan Rodgers, 16/1 with one firm, seemingly a possibility. You can get Gareth Southgate at 22/1, Eddie Howe at 20/1, while club legends Philip Neville (33/1), Michael Carrick (16/1) and Gary Neville (100/1) can all be backed.

Former Red Devils defender Laurent Blanc is a 14/1 shot, while it is a surprise to see Ralf Rangnick so short at 18/1. You can also back Rangnick at 10/1 to be the next Director of Football at Old Trafford, but Antero Henrique is a clear favourite at 3/10.

As well as being linked with managers and other off-the-pitch appointments, a number of top players are being discussed as potential summer arrivals.

Borussia Dortmund forward Jadon Sancho looks set to be one of the high-profile movers this year, and United are favourites to secure his signature, with a best price of 11/10. They will have to fend off competition from Chelsea, Liverpool, and other top clubs across Europe.

United are also the favourites to sign Jack Grealish and James Maddison, but a lot could depend on the future of Paul Pogba, who is 2/1 to join Real Madrid.

With so many possibilities both on and off the field, there is an array of Manchester United betting markets to keep an eye on over the coming months.

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