Manchester United coach Meulensteen tips Van Persie for management

The 49-year-old has watched his compatriot work with the club’s young players on the training ground but expects him to extend his playing career for as long as possible

Manchester United first-team coach Rene Meulensteen has tipped Robin van Persie for a future in management when his playing days come to an end.

The 49-year-old, who has acted as Sir Alex Ferguson’s No.2 while Mike Phelan recovers from a routine knee operation, expects Van Persie to put off the prospect of retirement for as long as possible.

Having witnessed the striker work with the club’s young players on the training ground, however, Meulensteen believes he has the necessary qualities to take up coaching.

“When you see how he works with the youngsters, he’s committed, patient,” he told Algemeen Dagblad. “There is a coach hiding inside him, although I think he will play as long as he can.”

The Netherlands international’s compatriot revealed that Van Persie slotted into the United squad seamlessly after arriving from Arsenal last summer.

“Robin loves the game,” Meulensteen added. “I told him right after he came here: you here, it’s a good fit. He immediately found his way in the group. No arrogance, nothing. Perfect.”

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