‘The Boy Has Got Skills’ – Manchester United’s Frederic Veseli

Frederic VeseliFrederic Veseli joined Manchester United after being released by neighbours Manchester City. The Swiss under-20 star arrived at United with a big reputation and a lot of potential.

The youngster has all the attributes to make a world class centre half. He reads the game well, has good positional sense, strong in the air and strong in a tackle. Veseli also has an eye for a pass and can also adopt a role as an holding midfielder, as he has done several times for Manchester United’s reserves this season.

Veseli was playing in FC Lausanne-sport’s academy, when Manchester City scouted him and signed him in 2008. He initially joined City’s reserve side, but later on in 2008, that was to change to the Elite Development Squad. During his time with Manchester City’s Elite Squad, Veseli got disillusioned with the project as City’s philosophy had changed. With all the money, City were looking at buying experienced players to get them success.

On transfer deadline day in January 2012, Manchester City released Veseli and United acted quickly and signed the Swiss star.

Veseli has been a regular for his national side from the under-15s to currently playing for Switzerland under-20s. His career highlight to date was when he captained Switzerland under-17s to World Cup glory in 2009. The Swiss were playing the hosts and favourites Nigeria in the final in front of 60,000 people. The Swiss came out victorious beating Nigeria 1-0 and Veseli lifted the trophy.

Veseli’s under-17 coach, Dany Ryser, gave Veseli the captains armband because he felt Veseli had a great personality, very professional mentally, great technical qualities, always put the team first and because he was a leader.

The young star has been ever present for the under-21s this season. He was named in Sir Alex Ferguson’s pre season squad for their tour last season, and if he is included again this pre season, Veseli could be introduced into Sir Alex’s first team squad for next season.

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