Man Utd sign Manchester City defender Frederic Veseli

Sir Alex Ferguson and Roberto Mancini
Sir Alex Ferguson (left) will initially put Veseli with the United reserves

Manchester United have signed 19-year-old Swiss centre-back Frederic Veseli from local rivals Manchester City.

Veseli joined City from Lausanne Sport in 2008 and captained his country to victory at the 2009 Under-17 World Cup.

"I am very happy and it is an honour to sign for Manchester United," said Veseli, who featured on City's pre-season tour to the USA last summer.

"I can't wait to get started. I am looking forward to showing everybody what I can do on the pitch."

Veseli was a member of City's academy and will initially link up with the United reserve team.

"I am very thankful to [United manager] Sir Alex Ferguson for bringing me to such a great club," he added.

"Manchester United has a long history of younger players coming through and hopefully I can follow and do the same."