The signing Manchester United can make to convince RVP to stay

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If Manchester United brought back Rene Meulensteen, the effect on Robin van Persie is likely to be positive.

Manchester United are experiencing a season blighted with uncertainty, and rumours regarding the future of Robin van Persie have not helped.

Italian journalist Tancredi Palmeri claimed last week to Sky Italia the Dutchman and his agent had held talks with Arsene Wenger over a return, with even United open to a deal.

It's fair to say Sky Italia's success rate regarding such claims are mixed, yet Van Persie's unhappiness has been hinted at throughout the season via various sources, stemming from United's poor form and his injury problems which have resurfaced this campaign.

The striker has not commented publicly regarding the rumours, while Wenger quizzed before the Sky Italia story broke, last week brushed them aside rather than denying them, stating last week was not the time to discuss the striker.

There was one development late on Friday night however, which should give Manchester United boss David Moyes the chance to make a change, and give Van Persie extra reason to stay.

That lies in the future of Rene Meulensteen, who saw moved aside from his position in charge of Fulham on Valentine's Day, with three-time Bundesliga winning boss Felix Magath installed in his place.

Meulensteen remains officially at the club in a less senior role, but his future is far from clear - especially with fellow coaches Ray Wilkins and Alan Curbishley departing their roles last night, and bringing back the former coach now or at the end of the season should at least be entertained by Moyes.

His coaching methods were well loved by many of the players, particularly Van Persie:

Arsene Wenger revealed at the time it was even Meulensteen who convinced Van Persie to move to Old Trafford: "It was the head to head talks I held with Robin van Persie many, many times that convinced me that I had to sell him.

"Robin van Persie has been convinced by the Dutch coach [Meulensteen] who was at Manchester United and that played a part in that."

And in March last year, the striker talked about his enjoyment at working alongside his compatriot:

"The way he (Meulensteen) trains is exceptional. He is truly one of the best coaches in the world.

"I have had a lot of good trainers, but it’s the way he prepares our team for games. Every match is different, so every training session in the build-up to games is unique.

"We know exactly what to expect and he wins points for us through his training. We’ve won a lot of games by the odd goal and they are point winners, which we train for."

Meulensteen left Old Trafford in the summer, feeling that he should allow David Moyes the chance to bring in and work alongside his own men who helped him succeed at Everton.

Yet there will have been also a craving for him to test his hand in management, which has had two aborted starts and Anzhi and now Fulham.

Should Moyes approach him as soon as he becomes officially available, it might just be a solution which suits all parties.


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