Gyliano van Velzen left Manchester United this summer after not making an appearance for the senior side but he has no regrets over moving to Manchester from Ajax.
The Dutch winger left Ajax back in 2010 after being spotted by United scouts and admitted that the thought of turning down the offer to move to Manchester never crossed his mind.
“Even though people were advising me not to join Manchester United and stay with Ajax, I could not find a reason not to want to join United,” he told Het Algemeen Dagblad.
“When I first saw those fields at Carrington, wow! The gym, changing rooms, as luxurious as it gets. I really did not know where to look.
“When Giggs gave me a compliment during a training match about a good running line I chose, I was filled with pride all night.”
“Sir Alex Ferguson came to give me a hand. I sometimes found it difficult to understand him through that accent but when he, the boss, entered the room, you saw how much respect he enjoyed.
“He is a very ordinary, nice man who was interested in our youngsters and often came in for a chat.”
Van Velzen has since moved back to Holland with FC Utrecht and despite not being able to break into the first team, the 19-year-old feels his time in Manchester has shaped him as a player.
He continued: “In hindsight a lot of people are saying I should have stayed at Ajax or that I have failed in England but I beg to differ. I became a better player at Manchester.”
Like so many youngsters who don’t make it at United, van Velzen has the right attitude to go and have a career elsewhere and we wish him all the best of luck.