The Dutchman was axed by David Moyes when the Scot replaced Ferguson in 2013, after doing well at Everton.
And Meulensteen later criticised that call, saying: “He says he asked me to stay but he didn’t say what he then said after that.
“He said, ‘well, I would like you to stay, I know how important you have been for the club and what you have done for the club, but I am going to do it all myself.’
“So it was then, ‘OK, what is the reason for me to stay?’
“That has not been documented and that is why you get all these wrong, mixed messages about why I didn’t stay.”
Ten Hag, meanwhile, is looking forward to getting started at United as he looks to build a dynasty at his new club.
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