Robin van Persie praises Manchester United coach Rene Meulensteen for his goals this season
Robin van Persie has thanked United’s long serving coach Rene Meulensteen for his goal scoring exploits this season. Meulensreen celebrated ten years at Old Trafford last season and is an extremely well liked and respected member of the coaching team. He has helped the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney develop into the players they are today. The Dutch coach, who retired through injury at the age of 29, helped a young Ronaldo develop by working on when he should dribble and when to pass the ball, which of course helped towards the incredible 42 goal haul in 2007/08. It appears he is having the same impact with Robin van Persie.
Van Persie praised his team mates and discuss how welcomed they made him feel:
‘I go into work every day whistling. From the first day, they have made me feel welcome, the boys made me feel right at home. I feel better and fitter. In the last week, I played Wednesday and Saturday. In those games I played with ease.’
He went onto discuss to discuss how highly he rates his fellow countryman, stating that he is ‘one of the best coaches in the world:
‘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. For instance, against Chelsea I scored after a low cross from Antonio Valencia on the right. It might seem a fluke but the whole week before the game was spent working on that move. Another example is my goal against Wigan, when I cut the ball inside and shot with my right foot. Again this situation, we trained on. Training is really good. It’s a very pleasant environment to work in.”
Rene Meulensteen is often seen on match days working the players hard and showing off his own distribution skills by trying to cross the ball into the ball bag before the players go in! To be fair, he is a lot more accurate than Manucho ever was.