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Meulensteen Snubbed Us For Anzhi?

When the club confirmed earlier this week that Rene Meulensteen was set to leave United it was under the assumption that he had been offered a demoted role by David Moyes, who has been keen to bring in his own staff.

Rene was a popular figure amongst the players, with Robin van Persie singling him out as the best coach he’d worked with, and he was well-liked by the fans. Whenever United paraded a Premier League trophy around Old Trafford, Meulensteen seemed to take great pleasure in celebrating with the fans and gave the impression of a supporter who’d somehow managed to get on to the pitch.

Meulensteen has been tipped to join Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala alongside fellow Dutchman Guus Hiddink. Having worked with Sir Alex Ferguson, it makes sense for him to want to work with another world class manager.

However, it has been revealed today that Moyes, who has seen to the exits of Eric Steele and Mike Phelan, was keen to keep Rene on and even offered him the position of assistant manager.

It would be cynical to claim that it will just be the Russian club’s money that has swayed him, but it would be naive to think that this hasn’t played a part.

There were reports that Meulensteen was wary of remaining at the club because of Moyes’ hands on approach in training which would leave him more marginalised than in the role he enjoyed under Fergie.

Still, fancy down turning down the opportunity to be the assistant manager at the champions of England to be a coach in Russia? Disappointing.


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Scott is the editor of Red Matters - 50 Years of Supporting Manchester United and an author of Play Like Fergie's Boys and Not Nineteen Forever. He writes for ESPN, The Metro and Bleacher Report. Follow @R_o_M on Twitter.

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476 Comments

  1. Utd4life says:

    Spain looked lethargic and disinterested today. I thought Scolari got his tactics spot on today. Brazil didn’t give Spain time to settle into their tiki taka rhythm. That being said, I am still not writing off Spain as the favorites for next year’s WC as they have a lot if time and options to make the necessary changes.

  2. Utd4life says:

    On a sidenote, I thought Neymar had quite a good game. Scored a great goal and was a constant menace to the Spanish defense. However, I still don’t think he is worth 50 mil and he still acts like a twat. And Iniesta is just beautiful to watch. Glides across the field skipping tackles and challenges like they were not there.

  3. samuel - united WE stand says:

    About time brazil returned to where it belongs, at the top of the footballing ladder. Teams are gradually working out spain, it’s only a matter of when that high possession of theirs becomes ineffective (bayern done it, brazil have done it many more will). Teams will pack the middle withrm athletic mobile players who are capable in both defending and distributing, teams will match spain’s work off the ball and their technique, the world cup is open to anyone to win especially in that heat and humidity, spain might be favorites but it doesn’t guarantee victory. Watching brazil, I actually enjoyed it why? Because they played good purposeful attacking football.

  4. Moringe says:

    Dear Mr Moyes
    I am what they call Fergie’s disciples,,born n grew up in his era,,he made me fall in love wit ths great club,
    so ths all seems a bit odd n strange,,I am nervous,anxious but very optimistic that you will do well and succeed,,at times I may lash out to u,,n call u all kind of names,,but don’t take it personal,i did the same wit Fergies as well n not bse I know better,but bse am a fan n wen it comes to united my emotions r quite volatile,,welcome to United n let’s haaav it,,
    P.S looking forwad to callin u sir in the next few years,,

  5. rohan_19 says:

    @King Eric : I wouldnt necessarily call wanyama dogshite. He’s quite handy. not a very technical player but certainly not ‘dogshite’. Coming from you this is funny since you once claimed ryan tunnicliffe was the next big thing.. well he was mate only for peterborough

  6. Utd4life says:

    Samuel. Spot on mate. Teams are working out Spain. Like you said, pack the midfield with mobile, energetic, skillful players and hit them on the counter. Most of the times it works. Another thing is Spain don’t have a plan B. They only play one way and everybody now knows how they do it. While its an exaggeration to say that Spain’s dominance has come to an end, it’s definitely becoming clear that there is now a blue print/strategy on how to beat Spain.

  7. rohan_19 says:

    Also, never die 58 is dying, ROM was always the better place good to have got rid of those idiots who permanently left RoM for that,

  8. rohan_19 says:

    I think the biggest contenders for the next world cup are going to be Germany and Brazil.. They are the two teams who can effectively combat the dull game spain play.

  9. Utd4life says:

    Haven seen much of Wanyama so won’t pass judgement on him. But everyone who talks him up always refer to his game against Barca to prove their point on how good he is. It’s quite common for certain average players to have a few blinders against some great teams. Was he effective against Juve in the CL? Don’t think so. Besides, he comes from the SPL which is a pretty mediocre league. Can he really make it at the PL is something that nobody can answer. Also is he the kind of player that UTD need at the moment? What UTD need is a technically gifted midfield playmaker like Scholes/Carrick who has the vision to carve open the defense with a single pass. While we do need steel in the midfield, it shouldn’t come at the expense of technique. We don’t need a hatchet man in the middle, what we need is a proper ball playing midfielder.

  10. FletchTHEMAN says:

    Welcome to Manchester United David Moyes! First Day!

  11. rohan_19 says:

    I don’t this rene thing.. I remember people slagging him off for being a ‘yes man’ to fergie that year we lost the CL final to barca..
    Well he was a good coach. He was no tactical master-mind. We could be better off or we could end up being rigid and ‘boring’ as NBI so in-eloquently put. Whatever the result lets give the new guy some time.
    Getting everton to play the way they did is no mean feat just wait and watch next season.

    Also ‘boring’. Seriously? You want our manager to be full of life and run around naked in the stretty end to prove he ain’t boring?
    As long as he gets the job done, his personality shouldnt be analysed. Its none of our business.

    Over-reaction is at a peak here, a few bad matches and the comments section will be renamed Republik of Scouse.

  12. rohan_19 says:

    Also re this strootman thing. I really don’t see whats so spectacular about him. He’s fine. He’s no thiago or even a wilshire. He’s just there and thereabouts.. Genuinely doubt we will sign him..

  13. MumbaiRed says:

    David Moyes arrived at Carrington at 5am this morning to find Fergie waiting for him tapping his watch and shaking his head…

  14. lordrt says:

    So let’s welcome Moyes on board, officially his first day at the club, and looks like tomorrow he’s having talks with our no. 10 on his future.
    Now let’s get a bid in for Cavani ladies and gentlemen ;-)

  15. King Eric says:

    Samuel. Spot on about steel robots.

    Wayne. Not taking any sides mate.

    Rohan. Read my earlier post on Tunni. Wow I got a player wrong. Thought he looked the business as an 18 year old. Still time. Get get them all right! Is NeverDie58 dying? I never made the switch. ROM”s only place I’ve ever been on. Got better again with great debates. And fights ha!!

  16. King Eric says:

    *can’t get them all right*

    Rohan. You make some good points.

    As for Neymar I can’t stomach the little fag but he’s turned up when it matters and has impressed me.

    Fuck off Pique. Often lauded as Worlds best centre back. He’s fucking garbage. Good with ball at feet but can’t defend for shit. Plus he’s got a HUGE head.

  17. Imran says:

    A new era has officially begun, time for Boys to show they Can step up and cut it in the big leagues. In David we trust

  18. drv3011 says:

    So when is Moysey’s first press conference as United manager? The unveiling of a signing on the same day as well perhaps?well maybe thats wishful thinking but I’d be psyched if it happened.

  19. Proverb says:

    Haha KE’s rant had me pissing in my pants :D

  20. Proverb says:

    New thread up, apparently

  21. Costas says:

    @King Eric at 09:16

    Don’t believe everything you hear. Last I heard, the only thing dying is jean shorts as a fashion trend.

  22. rohan_19 says:

    @KE -Hey i never said you switched.. as far as i know you and costas have stuck around.. and wayne – since they won’t let him in over there..

    Well, the tunni thing was more a jibe, glad you took it sportingly !! :)

  23. slim says:

    Christ Jeans shorts :-)

  24. King Eric says:

    Proverb and rohan. Cheers lads.

    Costas. You well mate? Ha you’d be surprised. Lads mincing about over here with denim shorts or chino shorts with turn ups. I wouldn’t fucking dare. Look like big kids. Men are becoming women.

  25. Costas says:

    @King Eric

    Heh, true pal. I blame Naymar. :D

  26. wazzer says:

    Assistant manager at manchester united is better than going to a russian club that cant even win there own league!

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