Rene Meulensteen was born on March 25, 1964.
He holds UEFA Category A and Royal Dutch Football Association Category TCI coaching licenses.
He played as a midfielder for various Dutch clubs until he was 29, but already showed interest in the coaching profession. Specifically, he worked as coach of the NEC Nijmegen youth team. Later, Rene Meulensteen was invited to join Qatar’s national youth team coaching staff. In 1999, he was appointed head manager of Qatar club Al-Ittihad. With Meulensteen in charge, the club won the Qatar Crown Prince Cup. From 2000-2001, he ran another Qatar club, Al Sadd, which won the Emir of Qatar Cup during his tenure.
In fall 2001, Meulensteen was invited to join Manchester United, where he was appointed technical skills development coach, working with teenagers and young players.
In 2005, he was also named head coach of Manchester United’s reserve team. Beginning in June 2006, Rene Meulensteen worked for six months as head coach of Brondby IF (Denmark), but in January 2007 he returned to Manchester United.
He once again held the position of technical skills development coach, but this time worked primarily with the first team. In July 2008, Meulensteen was appointed a coach of Manchester United’s first team.
On July 1, 2013, he joined the FC Anji coaching staff.