Meulensteen, who was sacked by Fulham after just three months in charge, spent the best part of 12 years at Old Trafford as a coach under Sir Alex Ferguson, but left the club after the Scot retired, moving on to manage Anzhi Makhachkala for just 16 days before being fired.
But his fellow Dutchman van Gaal is strongly tipped to be the man chosen to replace David Moyes as the manager at Old Trafford, and whilst a deal has yet to be reached, the Holland manager is the odds-on favourite with the bookmakers, and Meulensteen has thrown his support behind the 62-year-old, suggesting he could be the perfect man to take the Red Devils forward.
"I can see why a club like United are looking at someone like Louis van Gaal because he's got an outstanding pedigree," said Meulensteen. He's been in the game a long time and he's a very experienced manager. He's got a strong philosophy about how he wants to play; he showed that at Ajax, he showed that at Barcelona and he showed that with Bayern Munich.
"There's no reason why it wouldn't work but the most important thing is that they need to get it right and make sure that the man who is going to come in respects the history and culture of the club. As well they must make sure he builds the best possible platform to build United back to where they belong as quickly as they can."
Meulensteen left the club after David Moyes took over at United, but also went on to say that the former Everton boss made his task at Old Trafford more difficult by letting Meulensteen, Eric Steele and Mike Phelan - Ferguson's long-serving backroom staff - leave the club.
"I think he has a little bit underestimated and ignored some of the advice that people were giving there, not only from myself, but Eric Steele and Mike Phelan, we were trying to help him and say: 'Listen, we can make your life really, really easy'.
"That's why I came out with a quote before saying: 'You're going from a yacht to a cruise ship,' because it's different. It is not just working the players on the pitch and trying to get three points; there as so many things around you and happening," he concluded.