Manchester United coach leaves Old Trafford

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First-team coach Rene Meulensteen has left Manchester United after 12 years of working under former manager Sir Alex Ferguson.

Meulensteen had been expected to leave following the departures of Ferguson, Mike Phelan and Eric Steele. It now remains to be seen whether new manager David Moyes will bring his own management team to Old Trafford to completely replace Ferguson's coaches. 

Reports emerging from Holland have suggested that Meulensteen is considering an offer to link-up with Guus Hiddink's Anzhi Makhachkala in Russia, as they prepare for the beginning of the season in the Russian Premier League. 

And Meulensteen is grateful to all of the staff and players with whom he worked with during his time at Old Trafford. 

Speaking to Manchester United's official website, Meulensteen said: "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. I wish everyone at this great football club all the best."

And executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward also took the time to personally thank Meulensteen for all of his work that he has done during his six years with the club.

"He has been first-team coach for five years and in that time he has given great assistance to Alex Ferguson and Mike Phelan in keeping the team at the top of the game, not only in this country but in Europe as well," Woodward commented. "On behalf of everyone at United, I wish him well for the future."


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