Rene Meulensteen wanted Manchester United return

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Former Manchester United coach Rene Meulensteen has revealed that he was interested in returning to the club after it was announced that Louis van Gaal had been appointed as the club's manager.

As reported by The Daily Star, the Dutch coach - who departed Old Trafford at the end of the 2012/13 season - admitted that he has already spoken with Van Gaal over a role at the club. 

However, he's admitted that Van Gaal doesn't want him to return to The Theatre of Dreams, as he said: "I would have been keen to go back.

"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.

"It is disappointing," he said. "When you spend 12 years at a club the size of Manchester United, working in every department - not least for five years with the first team which were the most successful in the history of the club - of course you are disappointed."

Meulensteen enjoyed a great stint at Manchester United, helping the club win a number of trophies, however he will now have to look for a new role in coaching.

He continued by saying: "There aren't many coaches who have spent so much time with one club as I have.

"You would think it would make sense to have some continuity. But the people who have made the decision think their decision makes sense as well so we'll see what the future brings."

With Van Gaal now in charge, Manchester United will be hoping to bounce back after a disastrous campaign under David Moyes. 

The Red Devils missed out on European football altogether under their former manager, after they only managed to secure a seventh placed Premier League finish. 

Van Gaal is still expected, however, to add to his coaching staff at Old Trafford when he takes over on a permanent basis after this summer's World Cup. 

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