Meulensteen who spent ten years at United and was regarded as Sir Alex Ferguson’s right hand man admitted that Van Gaal has the pedigree to be a success for the Red Devils.
“Van Gaal has 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.”
The 50 year old Dutch was briefly in charge at Fulham this season but was unceremoniously sacked following poor performances by the Cottagers, who are now relegated under Fleix Magath.
Meulensteeen had earlier said that David Moyes underestimated the challenge at United and paid the price despite warnings from members of the coaching staff.
“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.”
Robin Van Persie had earlier praised Meulensteen, thanking for his rich haul of return in the goal scoring charts last season.