Liverpool and Man City face ‘ending up in the same position’ as Manchester United if they do not prepare for life after Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola, insists former Old Trafford assistant Rene Meulensteen
- Rene Meulensteen has delivered a stark warning to Liverpool and Man City
- Both have enjoyed incredible success under Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola
- However, the former United assistant insists both must plan for the future
- Meulensteen worked under Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford during his tenure
Liverpool and Manchester City must start preparing for life after their current managers, if they are to avoid the same pitfalls as rivals Manchester United.
That is the view of former Old Trafford assistant Rene Meulensteen, who has watched his former club lurch from appointment to appointment following the resignation of Sir Alex Ferguson in 2013.
Guardiola’s contract at the Etihad stadium runs out in 2023, and the Spaniard has suggested he could be set to leave when it expires.
Rene Meulensteen has warned Liverpool and Manchester City must prepare for the departures of Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola respectively
Meanwhile, Klopp’s current deal only runs until 2024, nine years after he first joined the club in 2015.
Both have spoken about life after their current clubs, with Klopp remarking he intends to take a year out when he finally departs Anfield.
Meulensteen admits that both would have been suitable replacements for Ferguson, but the club’s hierarchy instead went with the icon’s own suggestion of fellow Scot David Moyes.
Meulensteen was assistant to Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United, but believes they failed to prepare
Since then, United have lurched through a series of failed appointments, without reaching the same heights as they did under Sir Alex.
And the Dutchman, who currently works as an assistant coach for the Australia national team, believes the same fate could befall either of their big rivals.
‘United missed a trick not getting either of them,’ Meulensteen told the Sun on Klopp and Guardiola. ‘They both have such a presence and influence at their clubs.
‘If you ask a Liverpool player “Do you know what you are doing?”, they will all say ‘Yes’.
Meulensteen is now an assistant head coach to Graham Arnold for the Australia national team
‘You ask City players, no matter how Pep might change things around, “Do you know what you are doing?”, they will all say “Yes”.
‘Ask United players and I don’t think you get such an assured answer.
‘Mind you, if either club does not prepare properly for when they leave, they’ll end up in the same position.’
United are currently without a permanent manager, with Ralf Rangnick having taken charge on an interim basis following the removal of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.