Paddy Power have stopped taking bets on Edwin van der Sar to be named Manchester United’s director of football.
The bookmaker suspended betting on the market this morning, after the odds fell from 9/1 to 2/1 overnight due to a flurry of large bets.
Darren Fletcher, John Murtagh, Paul Mitchell, Rio Ferdinand and Patrice Evra have all previously been linked with the role, with the current Ajax CEO Van der Sar storming into favourite in the market before the betting was stopped this morning.
United chief executive Ed Woodward is said to have been looking for someone to fill the director of football role for a while now, but Paddy had made it 5/1 that he fails to secure anyone before the season is out.
Spokesman Paddy Power said: “Man United are said to be desperate to hire former player Edwin van der Sar for their vacant director of football role – and it seems punters think that move is nailed on.
“We were inundated with big bets on the move on Sunday night into Monday morning, so we’ve decided to stop taking any further wagers on it.”