Meulensteen, who was the first team coach at Old Trafford from 2007 to 2013, was a trusted figure of Sir Alex Ferguson's and remains a popular figure amongst fans despite his departure upon David Moyes' arrival.
And the Dutchman, who was recently sacked by Anzhi Makhachkala, fielded questions from Manchester United fans on his Twitter account yesterday, and was asked which central midfielder United need to sign.
Having responded with Ilkay Gundogan, Twitter was sent into a tailspin with rumours of a move for the German international midfielder, but it's critical to point out that Meulensteen no longer has a connection with the Old Trafford management team and is unlikely to have any inside information.
Gundogan has been linked with a move away from Borussia Dortmund since he starred for them in their run to the Champions League final last season, with Arsenal and Real Madrid also reportedly eyeing the 23 year old. With Manchester United still desperately seeking a creative central midfield player, Gundogan fits the bill perfectly, and with a speculated price tag of £25m, would be considerably cheaper than fellow target Ander Herrera - and even Marouane Fellaini, who was purchased for £27.5m.
United are almost certain to be bidding for midfielders in January, with Roma's Miralem Pjanic also a target, but perhaps Moyes should heed Meulensteen's advice and target the former Nurnberg man Gundogan, particularly as Dortmund's interest in United man Shinji Kagawa could be the catalyst for a potential swap deal.
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