Former Manchester United defender Michele Fornasier has hailed his time at the club, despite never making it beyond the U21’s and reserves.

Fornasier joined Manchester United’s U18 side from Fiorentina’s youth set up in 2009 and worked his way up the ranks at Old Trafford after that.

He moved up to the reserves in 2011 but two years later was back in the under 21’s before a move to Sampdoria on a free transfer.

Ultimately his two years at the club yielded very little, with him spending all of his time in the youth ranks and racking up 39 games for the Under 23’s and two games for the Under 18’s.

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He’s since had a varied career in Italy, turning out for the likes of Sampdoria, Pescara, Venezia, Parma, Trapani and Cremonese.

His latest club is Monopoli, whom he joined on a free transfer this week after leaving Cremonense at the end of August.

He was recently revealed by the club and, despite it being 12 years since the move, he was asked about Manchester United. Fortunately for them, he had nothing but nice things to say.

“It was an incredible experience,” Tuttocalciopuglia report him saying.

“It formed me as a man and as a player: as an environment, it’s probably the best to develop young people. I learned and studied from the best and tried to be like them.”