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Zinedine Zidane 3/1 favourite to replace Jose Mourinho at Manchester United

Leigh Copson 1 Aug 2018
Zinedine Zidane (credit:Credit by bettingpro)

Zinedine Zidane has emerged as the 3/1 favourite to become the next Manchester United manager following reports that the club want him to replace unhappy Jose Mourinho.


The odds on Mourinho being the first top-flight managerial casualty of 2018/19 have shortened considerably after he publicly blasted the club’s lack of activity in the summer transfer window, and that has once again got people talking about the ‘third-season syndrome’ that usually sees things fall apart for ‘The Special One’.

It has also got people betting on the United boss to be the first Premier League manager to leave his post this season, and Mourinho is now into 5/1 in this market, making him the new favourite ahead of Watford chief Javi Gracia at 6/1.

Bookmaker William Hill is now as short as 6/4 that Mourinho is no longer holding the reins at 3pm on the final day of the season (1/2 he is), and speculation is only going to intensify following reports that the club have already embarked on a hunt to find his successor.

“Mourinho has not looked at his happiest this pre-season and with stories now circulating that United are looking for potential replacements should he leave, there is every chance that there could be a manager change at Old Trafford this season,” William Hill spokesman Joe Crilly told Bettingpro.com.

And according to The Sun newspaper, the Red Devils hierarchy have set their sights on luring former Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane to Old Trafford.

Zidane left the Spanish giants after leading them to a third straight Champions League crown back in May, and at 3/1 William Hill believe the legendary Frenchman could make his return to management with Manchester United.

Tottenham Hotspur chief Mauricio Pochettino, who has been linked with United previously, is the 5/1 second favourite to take the reins at Old Trafford, with club legend Ryan Giggs 12/1 for the role just months into his reign as manager of the Wales national team.

Latest William Hill Odds

Jose Mourinho to be manager of Manchester United at 3pm on the final day of the 2018/19 Premier league season: 6/4 no; 1/2 yes

Next Premier League manager to leave: 5/1 Jose Mourinho; 6/1 Javi Gracia; 7/1 Claude Puel; 8/1 Neil Warnock; 8/1 Rafael Benitez; 12/1 Mark Hughes; 14/1 Manuel Pellegrini; 20/1 BAR

Next permanent Manchester United manager: 3/1 Zinedine Zidane; 5/1 Mauricio Pochettino; 12/1 Ryan Giggs; 14/1 Laurent Blanc; 16/1 Didier Deschamps; 16/1 Joachim Low; 20/1 Antonio Conte; 25/1 BAR


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