Rene Meulensteen followed Sir Alex Ferguson out of Old Trafford when he retired as Manchester United manager and rejected the opportunity to stay as a coach under David Moyes.
A United legend, Meulensteen was a key member of Ferguson’s coaching staff and spent well over a decade at United in various positions such as with the youth, reserves and as assistant coach.
Now, reports suggest the Dutch coach is in line to return to Louis van Gaal‘s coaching staff.
The story was originally reported by The Peoples Person last night and has since been picked up by other individuals but at this stage, they are unconfirmed.
The source of these current Meulensteen rumours comes from a chance meeting with the Dutchman at the San Carlo restaurant yesterday, where it was claimed Meulensteen revealed he was returning to United as a coach.
As we’ve said, the reports aren’t entirely substantiated at this stage but the story has now gathered pace.
Previously, Meulensteen was linked with a job at Philadelphia Union in the MLS after being pictured in attendance with their club president but nothing has followed on from that.
Meulensteen would certainly know United’s set-up and players more than most but it may be an indication from Louis van Gaal that he isn’t fully happy with his current coaching staff.
Update: Sky Sports’ Jim White is reporting Meulensteen is not returning and will be on Sky Sports News tomorrow as a guest, so he can clarify the situation.