Louis van Gaal has rejected the chance to bring Rene Meulensteen back to Manchester United, claim the Daily Mail. Meulensteen has been greatly missed since he left Old Trafford last summer, and the coach is credited with developing the youngsters, and helping Robin van Persie.
Meulensteen did try his hand at management twice, including unsuccessful spells at both Anzhi and Fulham. Now it looks as though he wants to return to coaching, and he was open to returning to United.
“I would have been keen to go back.” Meulensteen said at the release of the LMA Annual Castrol European Managers and Coaches Survey.
“I spent 12 years at what is a fantastic club and never left Man United because I fell out with anyone there.”
“But they’ve chosen to appoint Louis van Gaal and he has decided to bring in his own people so that is not an option.”
“Have I spoken to Van Gaal? Yes, I know that is the case – it has been confirmed to me.”
“It is disappointing. When you spend 12 years at a club the size of Manchester United, working in every department – not least for five years with the first team which were the most successful in the history of the club – of course you are disappointed.”
Whilst its disappointing that Meulensteen will not be returning, you have to trust Louis van Gaal. David Moyes got the chance to bring his own staff in, and you’d expect Louis van Gaal to get the same treatment.
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