Moyes installed as favourite to replace Ferguson

Bookmakers have installed David Moyes as favourite to become the next Manchester United manager following rumours that the Everton manager will work as Sir Alex Ferguson’s assistant for a season, in order to learn the ropes at Old Trafford.

Despite not winning a trophy during his time at Goodison Park, the 50 year old has worked wonders with a limited budget, and has this season guided the Toffee’s to a top seven finish for the seventh time in nine years.

Moyes, who was linked with the Chelsea job earlier in the season, has a contract that expires in the summer and has refused to discuss a new deal until the campaign is over.

Meanwhile, the club are apparently ready to make a sensational bid for Tottenham Hotspur’s Gareth Bale.

The Welsh international, who has recently been named the PFA and FWA Player of the Year, has also been linked with Real Madrid, but it is thought that he would favour a move to Old Trafford should Spurs be persuaded to part company with their star player.

Bale has scored twenty goals in thirty league appearances this season, a total not achieved by a Spurs player since Jurgen Klinsmann back in the 1994/95 campaign.