Van Gaal on the brink?
Louis van Gaal's position as Manchester United looks to be more precarious than ever, with reports today suggesting the Dutchman offered his resignation after the club's 0-1 defeat to Southampton at the weekend.
His offered was reportedly rejected by United's executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward, who remains keen on van Gaal remaining in charge until the very summer at least. The 64-year-old was in the Netherlands over the weekend for his daughters birthday and will take charge of training ahead of Friday night's FA Cup tie with Derby County.
It is believed that van Gaal and Woodward will meet this week to discuss the ongoing situation although it is believed that van Gaal and United could yet go their separate ways if the club were to lose to Derby. The loss to Southampton was met with a chorus of boos at the end of the game, with the Old Trafford faithful audibly voicing their displeasure.
If van Gaal were to either resign or be sacked, the bookies seem to believe that Jose Mourinho will be the man to replace him. The former Chelsea boss is said to be very interested in taking over at Old Trafford and is odds on with both SkyBet and BetVictor to be the next United manager.
The suggestions are that senior figures at Old Trafford are reportedly against the idea of Mourinho taking over but with Paddy Power offering him at a best price 11/8, the bookmakers certainly seem to think it may happen.
Ryan Giggs is the second favourite and the current United number two may yet be asked to take the role on a temporary basis until the end of the season. The Old Trafford playing legend was the club's long term choice to succeed van Gaal but the poor results this season may have led to a change of plan.
Giggs is a best priced 4/1 with Skybet to be the club's next permanent manager although Paddy Power have him at 9/4. Outgoing Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola is available at 9/1 with Skybet but the ex-Barcelona manager is expected to take charge of United's cross town rivals Manchester City at the end of the season.