Former Manchester United coach Rene Meulensteen has said he would love to return to Manchester United following a disastrous short managerial stint at Fulham.
Meulensteen said his exit from Old Trafford was prompted due to him being under valued by David Moyes. He went on to claim that had United appointed a top coach in the summer, they would be challenging for the title rather than competing for a Europa League spot.
“I’m open to it, of course,” said Meulensteen.
“I didn’t leave Manchester United because I wasn’t satisfied with the club. I left because I got the feeling my position at United would be undermined and hollowed out, right from the first conversation I had with Moyes.”
“Moyes ignored all the well-intentioned advice me and other people who were successful at the club for years. We could have made his life as United manager so much easier. But he wanted to do things his own way. These are the consequences. If the next manager thinks I can be of value to the club, then I’d be up for it.”
Meulensteen spent over 10 years at Manchester United, 6 of which were with the first team. Over this period of time he was one of the unsung heroes at Old Trafford as his work behind the scenes during training kept the players in top shape. Over time he built himself a reputation of being one of the best coaches in Europe. He also built great relationships with Dutch compatriot Robin van Persie.
He also knew Giggs well and told Dutch magazine Voetbal International he has spent a lot of time on the phone to the Manchester United Player-Manager.
“This week me and Ryan Giggs spoke about everything,” he continued. “Ryan can grow to become an excellent manager at United. He knows the club, the culture and the style of play that made the club successful, and he has the charisma like no-one else.
“He isn’t extrovert, but everyone listens to him when he says something. I expect Ryan to be a Ferguson-type manager. Not someone whose strength it is to do training and coaching, but someone who can gather a strong team around him.”
Although Rene does not think Giggs appointment as manager will be permanent, he thinks that the Welshman could certainly be a long-term replacement for the future. “If you make his position permanent, you can start building something again. But that takes time, you need patience. In my eyes, it’s more likely the Glazers will want to compete again as fast as possible. And then you go CV-hunting, with names like Van Gaal, Conte, Ancelotti and Blanc.”
Meulensteen saved his most damning comment for Moyes till the end as he claimed with a top manager United would be challenging for the title. “This squad became champions with an 11-point lead last year. With a manager like Pep or Mourinho, United would still have competed at the top, I’m sure of that.”
This will come as good news for United fans who want to see Rene back at Old Trafford. After ex-United Coach Steve Round was spotted with a spiral bounded Microsoft Word Document during the Everton vs United game criticisms of the coaching team have only grown. With tantalizing talents such as Adnan Januzaj, Ben Pearson and James Wilson all coming through the academy. a world class coach such as Rene Meulensteen would be a welcome addition to the Manchester United coaching team to guide them, as he did so successfully with Christiano Ronaldo
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