Former Manchester United coach Rene Meulensteen is being linked with the job at Crystal Palace.

The Daily Mail says Meulensteen has emerged as a surprise candidate to become Crystal Palace boss after Championship club Middlesbrough hijacked their appointment of Aitor Karanka.

Meulensteen, 49, was not kept on as a member of Manchester United's backroom team following Sir Alex Ferguson's retirement in May and was then sacked after just 16 days in charge of Anzhi Makhachkala.

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