Twitter rumours of Van Gaal's Man Utd exit have bookies on edge

Could Giggs be a temporary Man Utd boss if Van Gaal leaves?
Could Giggs be a temporary Man Utd boss if Van Gaal leaves?

Twitter rumours are about as credible as some of the so-called 'journalists' spinning them on social media, yet bookies are running for cover amid tales that Louis van Gaal is set to part company with Manchester United.

Van Gaal's odds to be sacked at United in the next few weeks were slashed after he oversaw a Champions League exit and last Saturday's Premier League defeat at Bournemouth.

It may be wishful thinking from United fans hoping they can see the back of their increasingly unpopular manager sooner rather than later, but oods makers have taken the bait and installed the Dutchman as the new favourite in the Premier League sack race.

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has been the favourite to face the axe ahead of his side's tricky trip to Premier League leaders Leicester, but the odds makers have moved to fend off any notion that Van Gaal may be about to leave United.

The Dutchman stated last month that he would walk away from United if he felt he no longer had the support of the players in his dressing room and while there is no suggestion from credible sources that is the case, it is clear that the tide has turned against Van Gaal.

Here are the latest odds on the next manager to be sacked in the Premier League:

Louis van Gaal (Man Utd) 5/4

Jose Mourinho (Chelsea) 3/1

Steve McClaren (Newcastle) 6/1

Remi Garde (Aston Villa) 8/1

Alex Neil (Norwich) 12/1