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Man Utd lost their identity after Fergie left… they missed a trick that didn’t get Klopp or Guardiola, says Meulensteen

It is easy for ITT to criticize Manchester United for what is not going right at Old Trafford.

What is more difficult is coming up with an idea of ​​the right wording. How to return to being the club and football team that fans love?

Rene Meulensteen was at Old Trafford in his glory days but doubts whether today's Man Utd stars know their full role

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Rene Meulensteen was at Old Trafford in his glory days but doubts whether today’s Man Utd stars know their full roleCredit: Getty
Rene Meulensteen says Jurgen Klopp has given Man Utd a clear direction

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Rene Meulensteen says Jurgen Klopp has given Man Utd a clear directionCredit: Rex
Pep Guardiola is another rival boss who Rene Meulensteen feels will provide the Reds with the right development

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Pep Guardiola is another rival boss who Rene Meulensteen feels will provide the Reds with the right developmentCredit: Kevin Quigley-The Daily Mail

Coach Rene Meulensteen was part of that formation for 12 years, first in youth development and then the first team for six years until Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement in 2013.

Now an assistant manager for Australia, the Dutchman looks back with fondness and some skepticism about life in Australia. United.

Meulensteen said: “When I was away from the Australian team, they told me, ‘There must have been a lot of pressure at United’.

“You know what? It really wasn’t. We had a great manager at Sir Alex – a plan, an identity, a belief and it worked. It never felt pressured.” .

So what makes United’s opponents respect and fear?

“It’s about speed, power, penetration, unpredictability, when it comes to attack and that’s what we want from our team,” he said.

“What’s that United is all about. The difficulty is always balancing the need to win and have fun. There was a time when we knew a certain team had to win 1-0 but we could do it.

“What it is is about confidence, belief and authority to do it. Any United team needs that.”

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United desperately need to find that again. However, what about this urgent game?

“You know what, it’s become a very popular word,” Meulensteen said. Like it’s never been done before.

“We will do it, but not for the sake of it. Not when the whole team is moving forward or coming towards you.

“That’s when they come back and face their own goals, that’s when you push and foul.

“You know where it all comes from? Four back to your own. They need to study the opposition at the four rear, see if they are moving forward or backward and react and move to the gaps they leave behind or ahead.

“People think you need players full of energy, running nonstop, to make this a success.

“You don’t have to, you all just have to do your job and do it together.

“It’s not about one player running to the person with the ball, because if the two players next to you don’t do what they want it’s not going to work.”

Liverpool and City of Manchester considered the best at regaining ownership and Meulensteen has the ultimate respect for bosses Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola.

He added: “United missed a trick to not get either. Both have such presence and influence at their clubs.

Interim manager Ralf Rangnick and legend Cristiano Ronaldo saw Man Utd promoted to fourth in the Prem

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Interim manager Ralf Rangnick and legend Cristiano Ronaldo saw Man Utd promoted to fourth in the PremCredit: AFP

“If you ask a Liverpool player ‘Do you know what you’re doing?’, all they will say is ‘Yes’.

“You ask the Man City players, no matter how Pep can change things around, ‘Do you guys know what you’re doing?’, all they will answer is ‘Yes’.

“Ask the United players and I don’t think you get a definite answer.

“As a note to you, if either club is not well prepared when they leave, they will end up in the same position.”

So how does United reboot? “What you have to do – and what you should do – is look at the team you will have in two or three years,” he said. That’s how a club has stability and continuity.

“I’m not sure that’s happened in the last eight years.

“We are looking for De Gea, Maguire, Matic, Cavani and even Cristiano Ronaldo? The club should now consider what United will look like in two or three years’ time. “

Meulensteen, who worked with Ronaldo at his peak, is not one of those who believe the legend’s return was a mistake.

“You look at what he has accomplished in his career and continues to do,” he said. If he has four chances he will score one or two, how many players can you say that about?

“So what do you do? You seek to give him a chance.”

(Pogba) was a big disappointment. Maybe because he was in a great Juventus team it was easier to shine but he was not able to raise the level of Man United.

Rene Meulensteen

One of the big problems Meulensteen noticed was that United didn’t have a midfield to work with – and Paul Pogba was a big disappointment.

“I don’t know what happened there,” he said. It was a big disappointment.

“Maybe because he’s in a great Juventus team it’s easier to shine but he hasn’t been able to raise the bar for Manchester United.

“It needs someone like him in midfield because I don’t believe Scott McTominay and Fred have all that United need to challenge again.”

In Meulensteen times, they were always thinking about the present and the future.

“We always have two words in mind – ‘being’ and ‘becoming’ – when defining players,” he said.

“For example, Robin van Persie has ‘existed’ as he is now, here and now.

“But you are always looking for someone to take their place.

“You look at the way Guardiola has handled Phil Foden, it’s been said he’s the ‘to be’ and, once David Silva leaves, you move on – that’s what I’m talking about.”

Meulensteen looks back at the transition from Ferguson to his successors as the root of United’s problems.

He said: “It is said that there must be a basis, a foundation and a vision to have continuity.

According to Rene Meulensteen, Paul Pogba is the type of midfielder Man Utd need, but he believes the Frenchman has failed to deliver

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According to Rene Meulensteen, Paul Pogba is the type of midfielder Man Utd need, but he believes the Frenchman has failed to deliverCredit: Getty

“Well, we had that. We got that with Mike Phelan, myself, goalkeeping coach Eric Steele, Tony Strudwick, all dropped. ”

While Phelan and Steele were brought on, Meulensteen’s influence waned as David Moyes brought in his side.

He felt he had no choice but to go. Ten months later, so did Moyes.

So why hasn’t United been able to come back since then?

He clearly has little time for compatriot Louis van Gaal, who has replaced Moyes in the hot seat. He said: “I don’t like the way he talks to people, it can be condescending sometimes. Mainly about Louis van Gaal and his path.

“He really underestimates the Premier League if you ask me. He thinks he can go to places like Stoke and just win the third game.

“He doesn’t realize how fierce the league is and what Manchester United fans want to see. It’s all about possession, it’s too slow and the player doesn’t really create anything through that possession.

“You can own 85% and pass it sideways. It’s about doing something with it. “

Jose Mourinho was also never one of those with the ball, but after two and a half years he was gone.

Mourinho has won a number of silverware but is hard-pressed to find the magic formula to achieve results while also playing exciting, attacking football.

“As soon as he didn’t get a player he wanted in the summer before his final season, you probably knew it wasn’t going to work out,” Meulensteen said.

You will always be given about 18 months to execute your plans and then see the progress, like Klopp did with Liverpool and Guardiola at Man City.

Rene Meulensteen

Meulensteen is all about how a manager can take the time to come up with a plan and see it come to fruition.

So what happened to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer? Meulensteen said: “He was a lovely guy, probably TOO nice.

“You should always have about 18 months to execute your plans and then see the progress, like Klopp did with Liverpool and Guardiola at Man City.

“Two different styles, both were successful, but they also took about 18 months before they were all successful.

“Ole had that period and there were periods where you could see progress, like when they continued that unbeaten streak.

“But it needs to continue, with more consistency in their performances. Instead, it is starting to drop. The long-term plan didn’t work and he had time.”

Fergie has plenty of time. Meulensteen is part of it and it’s its time. But back to the present as Ralf Rangnick tries to steer his way for the rest of this season.

“The problem is that he is caught between having to get results and getting the players to buy into his ideas at the same time,” he said.

“United had a little bit of security for themselves as they could replace him and move him upstairs after six months or keep him if all goes well.

“As it is now, the club is like a car in the sand with the wheels turning but the car is going nowhere.”

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