Maccabi Haifa have named former Manchester United assistant coach Rene Meulensteen as their new boss.

The 52-year-old Dutchman was Sir Alex Ferguson’s assistant at Old Trafford between 2008-2013, and previously worked with the Red Devils’ youth and reserve teams.

Replacing the sacked Roni Levy, Meulensteen said: “It’s an absolute honour and privilege to be part of this wonderful club. It’s been a while since I made a decision to come back to management and there have been a few opportunities to have come my way and I carefully chose this one.”

He had previously been in charge of both Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala and Fulham, the latter of whom was his most recent job where he was sacked after only 17 games in February 2014.