Former Manchester United goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini has bemoaned the “military regime” he encountered while coming through the youth ranks.
Gollini, now 23, spent two years at Old Trafford between 2012 and 2014 but the Italian failed to make the breakthrough with the Red Devils.
A spell at Hellas Verona led to a move to Aston Villa but 20 appearances in two seasons saw Gollini return to Italy with Atalanta.
Gollini spoke to Gazzetta dello Sport (h/t Sport Witness) about his upbringing within the ranks at United.
“There is a kind of military regime with absurd rules,” he said. “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.”