Rene Meulenteen is expected to return to Manchester United to assist Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in his transformation.


Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer learned from Rene Meulenteen during his playing days.

Manchester United would be onto a winner if Ole Gunnar Solskjaer brought Rene Meulensteen back to Old Trafford, Paul Parker believes. The Dutchman previously worked at the club under Sir Alex Ferguson. And he helped the Red Devils sustain success during that stint.

Meulensteen was admired by Ferguson for his tactical input.

And though spells in management haven’t worked out for the Dutchman, Parker thinks he’d be a huge benefit to Solskjaer if he was re-appointed as coach.

“There’s nothing wrong with blowing a bit of dust off a book and reading it,” he told Talk of the Devils.

“At the end of the day it was the same when it was brand new as it is now, it’s just matured a bit.

“And someone like Rene wouldn’t have changed. There’d be more positives to gain, he knows everything about the club, everything about the football they want to play.

“Whenever you listen to him speak people want to talk to him about United and you can see that it is still within him. It’s part of his DNA.

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“I see nothing wrong with him coming back. The boss, Sir Alex, would do things differently too.

“He’d bring in people – like Rene – who had different ideas and who were strong enough to question the things he was doing.”

Parker also thinks there wouldn’t be any pressure on Solskjaer when it comes to giving Meulensteen another crack at Old Trafford life.

“He wouldn’t be putting himself under pressure by bringing him (Rene) in, because he wouldn’t want his job in a million years, but you’d be bringing in someone to improve the team,” he added.

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Solskjaer is in charge, with Mike Phelan his assist.

And Michael Carrick, Kieran McKenna and Eric Ramsey are all involved on the coaching side of things, too.

Meulenteseen left United at the same time as Ferguson in 2013, when David Moyes took charge.

And, speaking after Moyes’ sacking nearly a year later, he claimed the Scot got that decision wrong.

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