Five Manchester United players Meulensteen should tell Anzhi about

Manchester United have let highly regarded Rene Meulensteen leave the club.

Dutchman Rene Meulensteen has left Manchester United, and is poised to join up with Guus Hiddink at Anzhi Machachkala according to reports.

Meulensteen fulfilled the role of first-team coach at the club, and had spent 12 years at the club in total, broken by a solitary season with Brondby in 2006/07.

Meulensteen clearly knows United inside out, and that knowledge imparted to super-rich Anzhi could see him come calling back to raid his old team.

Here are five players he should recommend:


Nani is widely believed to be 'up for sale' at Manchester United, with his contract expiring next year. Russian club Zenit bid for him last season and Anzhi may wish to do the same. He winger is a frustrating player at times, but Meulensteen's knowledge of him and what makes him tick, may reap the rewards in a new environment.

Nemanja Vidic

Anzhi were credited with wanting to make a bid for Vidic earlier this year, and Meulensteen may know all about the defender's present thinking. With strong rumours linking United with the younger Garay, David Moyes may wish to cash in on the Serbian and Anzhi would be all too glad to capture him at last.

Javier Hernandez

Hernandez is one of United's most under-appreciated players, at least in terms of starting opportunities. He would be the most difficult to tempt away, but Anzhi certainly have the cash to offer whatever United want. Meulensteen might well tell his new employers that the Mexican is a top target they should consider.

Patrice Evra

Patrice Evra's time at Manchester United is in flux due to rumours of an approach for Leighton Baines, and the left-back could be tempted to fill the spot once filled at Anzhi by Roberto Carlos. Concerns with racism in Russia could prevent the outspoken player from moving, but Meulensteen could be a key third-party to persuading the Frenchman.


Anderson's is a career in dire need of rejuvenating, and former first team coach Meulensteen will know the talented Brazilian needs a fresh start. Anzhi could offer him increased game time and an enticing salary, and United could net a decent fee for his services.

Which of the five would you not be too upset to leave?

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