|Date Joined||08 Jan 2001|
|Years at Club||9|
Rene Meulensteen was promoted to the post of first team coach on 3 September 2008, succeeding his colleague Mike Phelan who became assistant manager on the same day.
In his previous role as Technical Skills Development Officer, Rene was the man charged with giving United’s players the armoury to out-manouevre any opponent in any given situation.
The affable Dutchman, who retired from a playing career in the Dutch lower leagues at the age of 29, is in his second spell at Old Trafford. Rene first arrived in Manchester in 2001 and quickly set about overhauling United’s approach to coaching children in the
He changed United’s coaching syllabus, concentrating on the technical area of the game, specifically the coaching of “tricks and moves”, which Rene believes defines the difference between a good player and great player.
With first-hand experience of working with famed Dutch coach Wiel Coerver, Rene’s methods quickly began to take effect, with the Reds’ youngsters displaying marked improvement in their skills.
Meulensteen soon began taking personal sessions with players higher up the Carrington food chain, and a number of senior players such as Ryan Giggs and Ruud van Nistelrooy benefited from his expertise.
When reserves manager Ricky Sbragia left Old Trafford in December 2005, Sir Alex chose Rene as the man to replace him. The Dutchman’s managerial credentials included lifting the Arab Cup with Qatar side Al-Etehad and the Qatar version of the FA Cup with Al-Sadd.
Meulensteen’s impact was immediately evident, with the Reserves putting together some stunning football en route to a treble of FA Premier Reserve League Shield, the Premier Reserve League North and the Manchester Senior Cup.
That success earned plaudits throughout the club, and
also alerted a number of clubs to Meulensteen’s management potential. It was no surprise when Brondby came knocking, and Rene followed his ambition and moved his family to Denmark.
Turmoil behind the scenes prevented the appointment from working out, and Rene left Brondby by mutual consent in January 2007. Meulensteen returned to Manchester, and Sir Alex was quick to welcome him back to Carrington, initially as Technical Skills Development Officer.
Rene’s role saw him work increasingly with United’s senior team to the point that he became first team coach early in season 2008/09, following the departure of assistant manager Carlos Queiroz.