Bookies slash odds on Alex Ferguson stepping in as Man Utd boss
Bookmakers have been forced to slash the odds on Alex Ferguson making a dramatic return as Manchester United manager.
Ferguson has offered no hint that he would consider coming out of retirement to fill the void at United if current boss Louis van Gaal was to leave the club in the coming weeks, but the odds makers have lanced their odds on the improbable move.
The iconic United boss is as short as 8/1 with some bookies to dust down his managerial coat and return to the Old Trafford dug-out, with Jose Mourinho, Ryan Giggs and Pep Guardiola all still ahead of him in the betting stakes.
While it seems highly unlikely that Ferguson would return as United boss, the idea of taking over on a short term basis until a full-time appointment is made next summer may be a possibility.
Van Gaal's position remains the subject of intense speculation, after he oversaw an eight-game winless run that concluded with a 0-0 draw against fallen Premier League champions Chelsea on Monday.
Reports prior to the Christmas fixtures suggested Van Gaal needed to win two of the three games against Norwich, Stoke and Chelsea to hold on to his job.
However, those stories have proved to be false, with the Dutchman still in place even though he took just one point from those three fixtures.
Van Gaal has insisted he will not quit as United boss, with his side's next game against Swansea this weekend set to be the next big test for the Dutchman.
There are also reports that Van Gaal may be offered a senior role within the Dutch FA, which could hasten his exit from United.
NEXT MAN UTD MANAGER ODDS
Jose Mourinho 8/11
Ryan Giggs 2/1
Pep Guardiola 8/1
Alex Ferguson 8/1