It was a season to forget for Man Utd, David Moyes and the Old Trafford “faithful”. However, it was a season to remember for your Humble Handicapper and all of you who followed his top soccer tips and profited from Man Utd’s losses.
Things won’t go from bad to worse for the Red Devils but there’s still money to be won on their next manager.
Last weekend Manchester United finish the season 22 points behind Manchester City and had their worse Premier League season ever. Even replacing The (Badly) Chosen one; David Moyes with Ryan (four game two victories) Giggs couldn’t make it respectable. When all was said and done they failed to qualify for Europe for the first time since 1989–90. Ryan Giggs summed up his tenure as manager by saying, "Management has been an experience - it's been ups and downs. The down was the Sunderland game. I've enjoyed it. I didn't want that second half against Southampton to end."
Enough with Giggsie-Wiggsie…WHERE’S THE MONEY MIKE?
It’s worth note that before ball has even been kicked and before any man has signed on the dotted line to take the helm at Old Trafford, soccer odds on United are 11/8 not to finish top four next season (worth a bet) but still 1/100 to finish top 10 (not worth a bet). More importantly, Man. Utd. are fourth favourite with the bookies to win the Premier League at 5/1, behind Liverpool, Chelsea and Man. City but ahead of Arsenal at 10/1.
Enough with the EPL futures…WHERE’S THE NEXT MANAGER MIKE?
United are still one of the biggest football clubs in the world and in Fergie, they had one of the most successful managers of all time. The Red Devils have won an unprecedented 20 league titles, along with 11 FA Cups, four League Cups and three European Cups.
Those are pretty big boots to fill
Dutchman Louis van Gaal is expected to take over at Old Trafford and is 1/33 favourite with the bookies. Second up (aka first loser) is Giggs at 14/1, but your Humble Handicapper tells you not to bet on that one (regardless of what the BBC’s Alan Hansen says).
Then there are the longer shots like Josep "Pep" Guardiola i Sala the current (and future) manager of German Bundesliga club Bayern Munich at 20/1. Diego Simeone at 40/1 and Carlo Ancelotti at 50/1.
If you fancy some long long odds or just a laugh, you should know that Fergie coming back is at 80/1, Andre Villas Boas and Arsene Wenger run at 100/1 and the “current” Newcastle United Maher Alan Pardew is at 250/1. But this is a done deal.
Soccer Prediction: It’s got to be van Gaal at bets soccer odds of 1/20 with Coral.