Manchester United defender Marnick Vermijl is set to leave the club in favour of Belgian club Lokeren Oost-Vlaanderen, having grown frustrated with the lack of first-team opportunities.
The 23-year-old is said to be having a medical today in Belgium ahead of the move, with the Daily Star - citing sources on the continent - assured that the finalisation of a move is very close.
Fans may remember Vermijl’s agent from the statement he issued only last year, when David Moyes was still in charge. Not one prepared to lie down, he criticised the club for the lack of game-time his client was getting and suggested things would be different if Moyes was sacked.
As it transpires they’re not very different at all, and Louis van Gaal hasn’t afforded Vermijl any chance to break into the first-team setup. Despite having seen his defence ravaged by injuries this term, and having to call on green academy graduates Tyler Blackett and Paddy McNair, the Dutchman hasn’t given Vermijl any minutes on the pitch at all.
That seems to have been enough to see the youngster’s emotions hit boiling point, and it looks a formality that he will move to pastures new before Monday’s transfer deadline. The right-back was signed in 2010 after an impressive youth career with Standard Liege, but he’ll have to return to the drawing board if he has hopes of making it at one of Europe’s biggest clubs.
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Of course he’s far from alone in that respect, and he’s certainly not the only United player getting ready to take a leap of faith elsewhere. A host of players far more reputable than Vermijl have seen doubts cast over their futures at the club, and if Van Gaal has his way there could be a fair few leaving before too long.
Casualties of Van Gaal's reign
Even senior squad members like Darren Fletcher aren’t guaranteed a role in Van Gaal’s squad, with the Scotland international now heavily linked with both West Ham and West Borm.
Others like Nani, Nick Powell and Wilfried Zaha are also staring down the barrel of the gun, whilst Anderson is said to be in talks over a move back to Brazil in the form of Internacional.