Rene Meulensteen - 1st team coach of Manchester United



The vision of Rene Meulensteen, First Team Coach at Manchester United, is basic and straight forward; "the team with the most creative players and players who can dominate the 1vs1 situations all over the field will be the most successful team in the world". 

This vision is now being carried out via The Meulensteen Academy (MA).

Our objective is to increase the knowledge base of club soccer by carrying out the Meulensteen methods and philosophy using the latest developments in coaching and skill training.

Rene Meulensteen: Rene Meulensteen was promoted to the post of first team coach on September 3, 2008.

In his previous role as Technical Skills Development Officer, Rene was the man charged with giving United's players the armoury to out-manouevre any opponent in any given situation.

The affable Dutchman, who retired from a playing career in the Dutch lower leagues at the age of 29. Rene first arrived in Manchester in 2001 and quickly set about overhauling United's approach to coaching children in the club's Academy.

He changed United’s coaching syllabus, concentrating on the technical area of the game, specifically the coaching of “tricks and moves”, which Rene believes defines the difference between a good player and great player.

With first-hand experience of working with famed Dutch Coach Wiel Coerver, Rene's methods quickly began to take effect, with the Reds' youngsters displaying marked improvement in their skills.

Meulensteen soon began taking personal sessions with players higher up the Carrington food chain, and a number of senior players, such as Ryan Giggs and Ruud van Nistelrooy, benefited from his expertise.


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