Sir Alex Ferguson told assistant Rene Meulensteen that the Dutchman spoke better English than he did.
The fiery Scot confessed that many of his Manchester United players couldn’t fathom his Glaswegian accent. Rene, 59, was handed a job at Old Trafford by Fergie coaching the youth and reserve sides.
He went on to become his right-hand man. And he told of the moment Sir Alex, 81, made the offer in his office at the Red Devils’ Carrington training ground in 2001.
Rene revealed: “He was in a light-hearted mood. ‘You speak better English than I do’, he said. ‘Half the players can’t understand what I’m saying.’
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“‘Well boss,’ I took a chance, ‘That might be why you’re so successful.’ ‘Scandalous!’ he roared. I had a new job.”
In his new book United, Sir Alex, And Me, Rene revealed that his dad was stunned when he told him he had landed the biggest job of his career.
He explained: “He couldn’t believe it. I eventually took him to Manchester to give him a tour around the stadium and to meet Sir Alex at Carrington. Maybe that’s when the penny dropped for him. He was so proud.”
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Meulensteen spent five years working in United's academy set-up before leaving in 2006 to take up a managerial role at Danish club Brondby IF. But he resigned after just six months and was quickly taken back by Fergie.
After being appointed technical skills development coach, he went onto to become first-team coach 18 months later when then-assistant Carlos Queiroz departed to become Portugal boss.
His new book features a whole host of hilarious stories about Sir Alex, including the time he missed a train for an away game because he was watching horse racing on his phone.
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