Frederic Veseli left Manchester City due to a lack of progress under Roberto Mancini, according to his agent.
The Swiss defender was Manchester United’s only deadline day signing and having expressed his delight at the chance to wear the red shirt of United, his agent Adam Bouskouchi has today explained why his client was eager to leave City and join United.
Having lead his country to u17 World Cup in 2009, Veseli had hoped to get a chance this season after taking part in City’s tour of North America last summer.
But the chance never came so rather than stagnate at the Etihad, Veseli felt a move to United would be a better option with Sir Alex’s history of breaking young talent.
“These days, Manchester City are chasing titles and major trophies.
“It is difficult for them to have faith in youth because they obviously feel experience is the best way for them to get where they want to go.
“But that attitude didn’t help Freddie, who just felt like he wasn’t progressing.
“On that pre-season tour, both Roberto Mancini and – director of football – Brian Marwood said how well he had done. But since then, nothing.”
But that’s where United stepped in.
All it took was a word with Sir Alex to convince Veseli that United was the right place to be, and he was more than happy to join up with Warren Joyce’s reserve team.
“Freddie spoke with several clubs, here and abroad.
“But he wants to be a top player in England and when Sir Alex spoke to him, it made such an impression.
“He is a difficult man to say no to and his track record was enough for Freddie to feel he was making the right choice to join United.”