Louis van Gaal’s arrival at Manchester United may have been met with an overwhelming fanfare of optimism from fans and players alike, but there’s one individual at the club who was less than impressed with his first run in with the veteran coach.
United youngster Marnick Vermijl has revealed that he was disappointed after his debut encounter with Van Gaal, who decided to leave him out of the team’s pre-season tour of the United States as he already has two other options for the right-back position.
The 22-year-old has never played a Premier League game for the Red Devils, and was loaned out to NEC Nijmegen in The Netherlands last season, but is tipped for a bright future at the club nonetheless.
According to the Daily Express the Belgian starlet had been left licking his wounds after being told that he had not made the cut for United’s pre-season tour, and that Van Gaal had gone back on an agreement the player had previously made with David Moyes.
“It's a big disappointment,” he said.
"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."
United’s pre-season squad
Of course Vermijl is not alone in being left out of Van Gaal’s squad for the trip to the States, and there’s arguably far more experienced personnel than he to have failed to make the cut. Patrice Evra was omitted as he’s expected to make a switch to Juventus in the coming days, whilst Bebe was an anticipated reject.
It’s thought that Van Gaal wants to give all players the chance to impress him, regardless of the fortunes they may have experienced in a United shirt to date. Naturally that may only serve to cause Vermijl further anxiety, as it now looks as though he will face another campaign being stuck firmly behind Rafael and Smalling with regards to the right-back berth.