Since 2008, Rene Meulensteen has been the First Team Coach at Manchester United. He first joined the club in 2001.
Meulensteen has been involved in coaching and/or management since he finished playing. (He played in midfield in the lower leagues of Dutch football.) His early years in coaching were largely spent in Qatar. There, he was much involved in coaching young footballers as well as managing established players. In 2001, he was appointed Skills Development Coach at Old Trafford, where he mainly worked with the 9-21 year olds. He re-organised the club's youth coaching, emphasising enjoyment and creativity. In 2005, he was promoted to Reserve Team manager, following the departure of Ricky Sbragia. Under Meulensteen, the Reserves then had an extremely successful season, bringing his name to the attention of other clubs. Meulensteen was invited to become First Team Coach at Brondby in Denmark. He began there in the summer of 2006 but, by the following January, was back at Old Trafford after an unsuccessful stay. He returned as Technical Skills Development Coach, working increasingly with the first team. He believed in helping the players develop the creative skills that would allow them to dominate one-to-one encounters on the field. The following August, Carlos Queiroz left the club, Mike Phelan became Assistant Manager and Meulensteen was promoted to First Team Coach.