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Moyes: I wanted Meulensteen and Scholes

With Rene Meulensteen replacing Guus Hiddink as manager of Anzhi and Paul Scholes wanting some time out of the game to spend with his family, David Moyes has lost two people he had hoped to be in his coaching staff.

Still, as well as members of the coaching team from Everton, Moyes has appointed Ryan Giggs and Phil Neville, who familiarity with United should give him a real advantage.

“I did want to keep Rene Meulensteen and I wanted Paul Scholes,” said Moyes. “Paul Scholes, in time when he’s ready to come back, there will be a position for. I wanted to have something which was really involved with Manchester United. But I also needed it to be David Moyes’s era now so that meant me taking some of my own people. I couldn’t do it without the help of Ryan Giggs while Phil Neville had known a little bit at both clubs. But more importantly he probably knew how I worked at Everton. Phil and Ryan are young so it’s really important in this job that you also keep young open-minded thoughts around you because you don’t want to get too old in your ways.”

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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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  1. Al_Ameen says:

    Leaving Old Trafford seems to be the best for Muelesteen we wish him the best in his managerial career… Phil and Ryan will realy flourish since they are both respected figures at the club (unlike Gary Neville)… GGMU

  2. McCee says:

    Keeps saying the same thing… Wrap up a CM deal, just one and we can all take a back seat…

  3. Costas says:

    Rene wouldn’t fit in the current setup I feel. He wouldn’t be as hands on as he was under Sir Alex.

  4. leetguy1101 says:

    Al_Ameen: What!?!?!? Gary Neville is one of the most loved and cherished of United’s players. There’s a reason why he got the club captaincy over both Phil and Ryan.

  5. Mayor says:

    What’s wrong with him moving on? You all never seem to amaze me!!! You think the whole world revolves around our club?

  6. parjo says:

    Garry Neville is a legend at Man Utd.



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  7. G.Stark. says:

    I feel the main reason that Man.U presently have problems is due to a lack of continuity in the coaching
    staff at the handover from Fergie to David.I feel they are paying the price for not retaining at least Rene
    as first team coach as he had worked together for many sucssesful years


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