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Reports: United sign Belgian teen

Posted by nickogs20 on March 8, 2010

Reports from numerous sources in Belgium are indicating that United have secured the signing of Standard Liege full-back Marnick Vermijl on a three-year deal.

Neither club has confirmed the transfer as yet, but seemingly reliable sources across the channel are stating that the 18 year-old has put pen to paper on a contract that will earn him €100,000 per year over the course of his initial three years with the Reds. Standard will apparently receive €220,000 by way of compensation, and the player looks set to move to Manchester in the summer upon completion of his schooling.

Capable of playing either full-back position (more naturally right-sided but recently deployed on the left flank), Vermijl was born in 1992 and hails from the eastern Belgian province of Limburg. The teenager started out at provincial club Racing Peer and VV Bocholt before joining Standard’s academy, where he has progressed well enough to earn a run-out for the first team in pre-season. The young defender has also made an impact at youth international level, where he has appeared for the Belgian U18 side as recently as January, and is named in that squad for upcoming friendly with Poland later this month.

Some observers in his homeland have singled Vermijl out as one of the best players of his age group and a potential future senior international, and Standard are reported to be so annoyed at losing him to the Premier League champions that they have subsequently excluded him from training for the remainder of his time in Liege.

Vermijl has been heavily scouted by English sides this season, United alone apparently watching him eleven times (with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Warren Joyce both running the rule over the full-back), but in January it seemed as if United had been beaten to the punch by local rivals City, who were reported to have agreed a deal for the 18 year-old. Happily those reports were erroneous, and it now seems as if Sir Alex Ferguson and his Old Trafford coaching staff have got their man.

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9 Responses to “Reports: United sign Belgian teen”

  1. harts83 said

    Sounds promising.

    Probably spend the first 6-12 months at least playing for the reserves next season.

    I think we needed a right-back to operate in the reserves next season. Bit like we did when we brought in Delaet.

    Rafael, Chester, Gray, and also Delaet need to move on from reserve football next season. One way or another.

    Vermijl–Brown(Wootton)–Gill–Dudgeon is likely to be our back four next season. Perhaps a loan for Gill/Dudgeon at some point.

    People, Can we expect the likes of Chester, Brandy, Hewson and Gray to get released in the summer?

  2. mattPL said


    indeed. i think also heaton, zieler, moffatt are in queque to release.

    those four u mentioned is too old for reserves and they should find another clubs in championship or league one

    i’m very curious about this marnick… i’ve read his 194 cm tall ! o0

  3. nickogs20 said

    Don’t think he’s that tall – around 6ft is what I’ve heard. He’s been bought with more than just a reserve role in mind, although he’ll likely start off there. The kid’s father said SAF saw him as one of the best young full-backs he’s seen in years.

    Rafael has barely played for the reserves this season so he’s already moved on from that stage. Can see de Laet going out on loan, Chester being given another year (due to his bad luck with injuries) and maybe also going out on loan. Gray will almost certainly move on, and Heaton definitely will. Moffatt’s another you’d expect to leave.

    A lot depends on contract situations which are rarely made clear for this level of player – Hewson for example will probably be let go if his contract is expiring this summer, but if not it’s less clear. Same with Brandy.

  4. harts83 said

    Even better than the twins Nick? he does sound good. Getting excited now.

    Chester being given another year?… You know that for definate?

    Pritty sure Hewson and Brandy’s contract is up in the summer. Will we get compensation? Bury fans are complaining about Hewson and he’s put on alot of weight! what’s happened to him. Ole went to watch him one game which i thought was interesting to hear. But i think he’s likely to be released. But i think Brandy has good value and shouldnt be let go for nothing.

    I would keep Zieler for another season. He needs game to progress. And im suprised united have kept David Gray this long, 22 now and doesn’t seem anywhere near 1st team.

    Cleverley’s deal is up in the summer aswel but i think it’s fair to say that he won’t be released. Drinkwater to get an extra year too.

    James to be introduced to 1st team in pre-season in my opinion. Along with Cleverley.

  5. RED SAM said

    I will be overly saddened to see hewson leave since i have rated him from the first day i saw him play. I remember very it was in 2004 when the man utd under 15’s visited kenya and they were playing a local side guess who the captain was ? Hewson himself and he ended up scoring twice with brandy and another lad whom i don’t remember very well.

  6. […] requirements. With Gary Neville, Wes Brown, John O’Shea, Rafael da Silva and potentially new signing Marnick Vermijl ahead of him in the pecking order in his preferred right-back position and Antonio Valencia, Nani, […]

  7. […] We brought news of Vermijl’s signing back in March and the club have now officially confirmed the arrival of the 18 year-old defender. No further information has been given, but assuming the information back in March was correct, Vermijl joins on a three-year deal worth €100,000 a year, with United paying Standard €220,000. Versatile enough to play anywhere across the back-line, the teenager is highly-rated in his homeland and his progress this season – most likely as part of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s reserve squad – will be very interesting to monitor. […]

  8. […] requirements. With Gary Neville, Wes Brown, John O’Shea, Rafael da Silva and potentially new signing Marnick Vermijl ahead of him in the pecking order in his preferred right-back position and Antonio Valencia, Nani, […]

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