Rene Meulensteen is being considered for a senior role in the backroom staff at Manchester United, reports the Sunday Times.
Although not yet confirmed as Manchester United's next manager, it is widely believed that Louis van Gaal will take over at Old Trafford for next season. The only major question is what his coaching team will look like.
Although there have been plenty of snags over which of Van Gaal's preferred staff will be given roles at Manchester United, it is reported that Meulensteen, who has been unemployed since losing his job at Fulham, is a candidate for a key backroom role.
If Van Gaal is eventually given the job of succeeding David Moyes, Ryan Giggs will be offered a senior role, and Meulensteen is in line to be offered the role of assistant manager, taking up the role he enjoyed under Sir Alex Ferguson.
It was originally reported that Van Gaal wanted to bring Patrick Kluivert - his assistant with Holland - to Old Trafford in one of many wholesale changes to United's coaching staff but United officials were adamant that the former striker would not get the job.
Instead Van Gaal will turn to another prominent Dutch coach in Meulensteen, who still holds plenty of influence and authority around Old Trafford.
The departure of Meulensteen was highlighted as a one of Moyes earliest failures as Manchester United boss. Despite the fact it was the Dutch coach's decision to leave, failing to convince him to stay was a big disappointment for Moyes.
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