Ex Manchester United Youth Cup winner Van Velzen returns to UK

Manchester United FA Youth Cup winner Gyliano van Velzen has signed a deal to return to English football.

Van Velzen was part of the Class of 2011 along with Paul Pogba, Jesse Lingard and Ravel Morrison.

And there were very high hopes for the Dutch winger after he joined from Ajax.

Van Velzen is now 25, and has just signed a two-year deal with Crawley Town, BBC Sport report.

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Where has he been?

Van Velzen was sent out on loan in Sir Alex Ferguson’s final season to Royal Antwerp, and released the summer the legendary manager retired.

Two years after his role in the Youth Cup triumph, Van Velzen’s United dream was over.

He has spent the past six years in Holland, first with FC Utrecht, but it was at Volendam where he really established himself.

Van Velzen made more than 50 appearances for the second tier side and earned a call up into the Dutch under-21 squad for the first time.

This in turn earned him a move to Eredivisie side Roda JC, and his time there was fairly successful.

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The winger made 70 first team appearances, scoring eight goals, and providing nine assists, before his contract expire in June.

Now he is back with another Red Devils, Crawley Town share the same nickname as United.

Their director of football Selim Gaygusuz told The Argus: “Gyliano has got a very good pedigree and is someone we have been looking at for several months. In the summer we made contact and although he had other options in Europe, he is very keen to play in England.”

His contract runs for two years with an option for an additional third.

We wish him the best of luck and hope he can show the form which made United once gamble on his talent.

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