Manchester United defender Marnick Vermijl has been left unhappy after he did not travel with the first team to the United States of America after manager Louis van Gaal told him that he would not get many playing minutes during the tour, which considering United do not have a proper right-back to replace Rafael da Silva, seems a bit silly, but the Dutch manager knows what he is doing. Vermijl spent all of last season on loan with NEC Nijmegen and had hope at a place in the United first team following the sacking of David Moyes in April. Speaking after the squad was announced for this summers pre-season tour, Vermijl said:
“It’s a big disappointment.
“Under the previous coach, David Moyes, it was agreed that I would go.
“Van Gaal took me aside on Thursday and said he would take two players per position to the US.
“In my case that would be Rafael and Chris Smalling at right back. It’s a limited group.
“He said, ‘I could take you but you wouldn’t get any minutes’.
“I had imagined my first encounter with Van Gaal would be different.”
The 22-year-old Belgian also revealed that Van Gaal refused to rule out the player making the first team this season, providing he continued working hard on his progression. Vermijl added:
“Van Gaal told me to keep working and that in football everything can change.
“But after I worked so hard and had a good season at NEC, I definitely wanted to play.”
Earlier this year, Vermijl’s agent Tony Dullers spoke to Hets Nieuwsblad about the way his player felt during the last season. Vermijl was sent on loan to Dutch side NEC Nijmegen by David Moyes, who let the player go out on loan very easily according to Dullers. It seemed at the time that the young Belgian thought he should have had a chance in the first team, which on hindsight could have good for the club considering when Rafael was on the sidelines, Phil Jones, Chris Smalling or Antonio Valencia were all used in the right-back position, which was not the greatest decision. At times I did wish that Guillermo Varela or Saidy Janko would be brought forward into the first team, but it didn’t happen. Speaking to the Belgian news outlet, Dullers said:
“He is under contract at Manchester United until June 2015 but much will depend on the situation of David Moyes.
“If the manager stays, then it does not look good because he let Marnick go quite easily to NEC. If Moyes is sacked, it may open greater chances (at United).
“At Manchester United, they are very happy with his development. They want Marnick to work at a better club next season but another loan is not ideal. He will either get his chance in the first team, or move on permanently.”
It would seem that although Vermijl is unhappy he did not travel to the USA with the first team, he has not stamped his feet and demanded a move away from the club. Whether he is loaned out to another club this coming season remains to be seen, but with Guillermo Varela and Saidy Janko already being in the U21 squad, adding another player in a similar position would complicate matters for Warren Joyce as playing time would be cut considerably. Janko did play in the United XI friendly against Bray Wanderers yesterday, he started the second half in the left-back position.
This suggests Joyce could be testing out his suitability on that side of the pitch. He can already play in an advanced wing position, so if that was the case, it would leave Vermijl and Varela to fight it out this season, but they will most likely play alternative matches, providing both remain at the club and are not loaned out. I do like Vermijl and he did well on loan in the Netherlands last season, whether he is good enough for the first team remains to be seen.