Former Manchester United goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini has told Gazzetta dello Sport playing for the Premier League giants was like being in a “military regime”.

The 23 year old spent two years in Manchester United’s youth system, but never made the step up to the senior team.

In an interview with the Italian sports outlet, Gollini was asked about his time at Manchester United: “There is a kind of military regime with absurd rules: in winter, hats, gloves, knitwear, sleeves and long trousers are forbidden.

“Also forbidden were tattoos and social media profiles. Fortunately, the goalkeeper can cover himself, but I saw Brazilians or Africans who died of cold. But that experience helped me, I became a man before time.”

Gollini eventually left Manchester United in 2014 when he joined Hellas Verona. In the two years with the Italian club the youngster impressed, which eventually led to a move to Aston Villa.

However, his time with the Championship side didn’t work out after initially being the club’s first choice keeper. Subsequently he was loaned out to Atalanta on an 18 month loan deal, with a right of redemption.

Gollini, who recently released a rap single under the name Gollorius, signed for the Serie A side on a permanent deal earlier this month.