Rene Meulensteen admits he recommended Anzhi star Willian to Manchester United.
Meulensteen left United for Anzhi this summer before dismissal earlier this month.
He told the Telegraph: â€œThere were good players like Willian, a player who can make a difference, a player that people come to the stadium to watch. A good character too. I made United aware of him straight away when things were going belly-up. 'Have a look at him,â€™ I told them. At the top level you need to refresh at the right time. Like Van Persie with us last year.
â€œWe were really lacking that quality, that powerhouse up front, bringing others into play. If he hadnâ€™t come we would not have won the Premier League.â€™â€™
Willian is set to sign for Chelsea this weekend.
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