Manchester United coach: I have not been sacked

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Manchester United first-team coach Rene Meulensteen has denied suggestions he has been sacked to make way for Phil Neville, and insists he will report for pre-season duty as normal when work begins next month.

Neville is widely expected to follow David Moyes from Goodison Park to Old Trafford following the Scot's appointment to replace Sir Alex Ferguson as manager, seemingly meaning Meulensteen must make way.

The Dutchman, however, claims he is still an employee of Manchester United and has yet to be informed that this will change when Moyes arrives at the club in an official capacity on July 1.

"So far I will report on July 1. I am still under contract at the club," he told ELF Voetbal.

"I didn't step down, and also I was not sacked by Manchester United. I am still employed."

Meulensteen has garnered a reputation as an excellent coach during his time with Manchester United - which began in 2001 - and drew praise from Robin van Persie for his role played during the club's title winning campaign.

Despite his admirers on the Manchester United playing staff, however, Meulensteen could be one of several coaches to leave the club following the retirement of Ferguson after his illustrious 26-year reign.

Ferguson's assistant manager Mike Phelan has already lost his job, while goalkeeping coach Eric Steele has already departed, with Jimmy Lumsden and Chris Woods having already joined from Everton.

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