Premier League: Fulham boss Rene Meulensteen pledges to succeed
Rene Meulensteen has reiterated his desire to succeed at Fulham ahead of an emotional return to Manchester United.
Last Updated: 09/02/14 11:26pm
The Dutch manager spent 12 years at United under Sir Alex Ferguson, before moving on after the arrival of David Moyes and his own staff at Old Trafford, and is now trying his hand at management again after an unsuccessful spell at Danish side Brondby earlier in his career.
However, all has not gone to plan so far at Fulham, with the Cottagers rooted to the foot of the Premier League table, and having been dumped out of the FA Cup by League One side Sheffield United.
But the under-pressure boss is adamant he will turn things around in west London, and believes he has everything in place to do just that.
"I don't have sleepless nights. I stick my energy into things I can affect," Meulensteen told the Daily Telegraph.
"Why I am confident we will stay up is we are doing things right in training.
"There's energy, work with purpose at training."
Meulensteen also revealed he has had the support of some key figures back at Old Trafford, which will make Sunday's clash with United very emotional for him.
"He (Ferguson) has reassured me," Meulensteen added.
"He said: 'I know what you are capable of doing. You've got great qualities. Just stick to your beliefs and you'll turn things around'.
"It will be like coming home. I spent 12 years there and loved every minute."
The 49-year-old could have still been sitting in the United dugout if Moyes had not come in and decided to bring in his own men.
But Meulensteen bears no grudges, and is looking forward to shaking the United chieftain's hand.
"I wish David Moyes all the best, there's no animosity between us," he added.
"I have been in touch on numerous occasions, and he was the first to ring me and congratulate me on my job.
"Just the fact that people get into positions where maybe they are not so sure this will work. It doesn't mean there will be animosity, not at all."