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Manchester United made FC Utrecht winger a better player

Van Velzen in FA Youth Cup action for Manchester United in 2011. (©GettyImages)
Van Velzen in FA Youth Cup action for Manchester United in 2011. (©GettyImages).

FC Utrecht winger Gyliano van Velzen has paid tribute to former club Manchester United, and insists he has no regrets over his decision to join them in 2010, reports Het Algemeen Dagblad.

The 19-year-old was released by the reigning Premier League champions during the summer, three years after moving to England from Ajax.

Van Velzen says he learned a lot from his time at Old Trafford, despite not making a first-team appearance, and is pleased he ignored those who suggested he turn down interest from the Red Devils.

"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 said.

"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.

"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."

Ferguson was obviously replaced by David Moyes at Manchester United - a move that coincided with Van Velzen's free transfer departure, which prompted a return to his native Holland, with Eredivisie outfit FC Utrecht.

The Dutchman feels that his time with the Premier League club improved him as a player, and that he will see the benefits of the experience for the remainder of his career.

"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," he added. "I became a better player at Manchester [United]."

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