Manuel was born in Hof, Germany and over the years has participated in several soccer exchange programs between Hof and Ogden. Manuel has played soccer for FC Bayern Hof and other German teams before coming to Utah to play for Weber State University in 1999, 2000, and 2001. In the fall of 1999 he met Lindsey who was also a student at Weber State and the two of them were married in 2000. They currently live in Layton, Utah with their three children. Manuel currently coaches his son’s La Roca soccer team.