Man United confirm departure of first-team coach Rene Meulensteen

Manchester United confirm the departure of first-team coach Rene Meulensteen after five years at the club

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Rene Meulensteen has been at United since 2007 Photo: Back Page Images

Manchester United have confirmed the departure of first-team coach Rene Meulensteen after five years at the club.

The 49-year-old is understood to have turned down the chance to be new manager David Moyes’ assistant at the club, and is now expected to return to the Netherlands or Middle East.

“I would like to thank Sir Alex Ferguson, the owners, all colleagues, players and fans who made my time at Manchester United very special and one I will never forget,” said Meulensteen.

“I wish everyone at this great football club all the best.”

United executive vice chairman Ed Woodward praised Meulensteen for the impact he has had at Old Trafford.

“I’d like to thank Rene for his contribution to the club, particularly since he returned to Old Trafford in 2007,” said Woodward.

“He has been first-team coach for five years and in that time has given great assistance to Sir Alex Ferguson and Mick Phelan in keeping the team at the top of the game not only in this country but in Europe as well.

“On behalf of everyone at United, I wish him well for the future.”

Moyes is set to officially take charge at Manchester United on 1 July after being appointed as Sir Alex Ferguson’s successor on a six-year deal last month.

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