Rene Meulensteen claims every Manchester United manager since 2013 has made same mistake
Former Manchester United assistant coach Rene Meulensteen insists his old team must ‘bring in the right players’ this summer to battle for silverware after drifting away from Sir Alex Ferguson’s identity over the last six years.
Despite just being 1-0 down heading into Tuesday’s Champions League quarter-final second leg at Barcelona, Meulensteen believes the Red Devils never really had a good chance of progressing to the last four.
United subsequently lost 3-0 at the Camp Nou to complete a 4-0 aggregate defeat at the hands of the La Liga leaders, with Meulensteen believing the club still hasn’t found its way since Ferguson retired in 2013.
The former assistant has identified the back four in particular as United’s weak point and feels that only when they recruit in that key area will they be able to compete for trophies regularly like they did in the Ferguson era.
“It would have been a miracle to have got through last night,” Meulensteen told the BBC . “A lot of players have come into the defence with the likes of Marcos Rojo and Eric Bailly, but they haven’t really settled on a new back four.
“The style of play has changed since Sir Alex walked out of the door in 2013 because the managers that have come in have tried to implement their own style, which has moved away from Sir Alex’s identity.
“The pressure increases each year they don’t win anything but they need the right players with the right personalities to do that.”