Rene Meulensteen lifts lid on Man United manager Louis van Gaal’s snub

Former Manchester United No2 Rene Meulensteen reveals Louis van Gaal opted against adding his compatriot to his staff

New United manager Louis van Gaal Photo: IMG Nederland

Rene Meulensteen has revealed that Louis van Gaal opted against appointing his compatriot to his Manchester United coaching staff.

The former Fulham manager had been linked with a return to Old Trafford after Netherlands head coach Van Gaal agreed a three-year deal with the Red Devils last month.

Meulensteen was Sir Alex Ferguson’s number two for six seasons as United won three Premier League titles, the Champions League, two League Cups and the Fifa World Club Cup.

But the 50-year-old lifted the lid on Van Gaal’s snub as he ruled out a return to the 20-time English champions.

“I would have been keen to go back,” Meulensteen is quoted as saying by Manchester Evening News.

“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.”

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