Manchester United latest: Including Meulensteen exit and Baines rumours

News, views and rumours relating to Manchester United in the past 24 hours.

Manchester United have confirmed the exit of coach Rene Meulensteen who will join Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala next season.

"I would like to thank Sir Alex Ferguson, the owners, all colleagues, players and fans who made my time at Manchester United very special and one I will never forget," said Meulensteen.

"I wish everyone at this great football club all the best."

Meulensteen’s exit follows the departure of a number of Sir Alex Ferguson’s backroom staff since David Moyes’ appointment to replace him at Old Trafford.

In transfer news, new Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti has told Cristiano Ronaldo to ‘hold’ talks with United, according to The Independent today.

This comes after sources claimed yesterday that Ronaldo was set to attend a ‘secret meeting’ with United officials to discuss a potential return to his former club.

Meanwhile, Barcelona starlet Thiago Alcantara is set to tell his club he ‘wants to join United’, according to reports.

The Daily Mail claims that Barcelona will hold ‘crisis talks’ with Alcantara after United agreed personal terms for a £5.5 million-per-year contract with the Spanish youngster and his father.

The Manchester Evening News claims that United will ‘launch’ a £10 million ‘swoop’ for Leighton Baines of Everton.

However, Baines stated his excitement about working with Roberto Martinez who has taken over the reigns at Goodison Park from David Moyes.

"He has a different style to what we have been used to but I think it is progressive and it will move us forward," he told reporters.

"It is also exciting for the players to be able to try that now.”

Elsewhere, The Metro reports that United are ‘closing in’ on signing Ezeqiuel Garay of Benfica, after reports earlier this month suggested he’d already agreed personal terms with the Red Devils.

In other news, United legend and treble-winner Henning Berg believes the pre-season tour will help Moyes to implement his own style on the team.

“The most important thing is for David Moyes to get to know the players, work on his way of playing, his tactics and his football style,” Berg explained.

“And then you have got the last few games to actually do that before the season starts.”

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