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Manchester United ready to appoint Louis van Gaal as new manager

The bookies suspend betting on next Manchester United manager, with the Dutchman no bigger than 1/14

Louis van Gaal has been favourite to replace David Moyes ever since the Scotsman was sacked and it appears just a matter of time before the 62-year-old in installed in the Old Trafford hot seat.

Van Gaal is the current manager of the Netherlands and his services are only available after the 2014 World Cup, although it appears that he is nailed-on to take charge after speaking with representatives of Manchester United in the past week.

The Dutchman has previously been in charge of Barcelona and Bayern Munich, having developed a reputation for a no-nonsense approach to man-management which has occasionally rubbed a player up the wrong way.

Interim boss Ryan Giggs has implored Manchester United not to make a hasty decision when it comes to replacing Moyes, although it appears that Ed Woodward has already identified Van Gaal as someone who can steer the club back in the right direction.

The Welshman said: “The best thing to do is obviously to get the best man for the job and if that takes time then so be it. I don’t think it’s necessarily that it needs to be sorted quickly, it’s just the best man for the job.

“We’ve still got a week left and when it’s going to be sorted out I don’t know. But the main thing for me at the moment is just to try and win the remaining two games.”

Giggs is the second favourite on the Next United manager market, with Pep Guardiola having been linked with the position following some uncertainty over whether the Spaniard will continue with Bayern Munich.

All odds were correct at time of posting.