Manchester United whizkid Marnick Vermijl aiming for 'season of truth'

Can Marnick Vermijl challenge Rafael da Silva at Manchester United this season?

The right-back position at Manchester United could be a very interesting one at Old Trafford next season, with two players having their eye firmly on Rafael da Silva's spot.

The Brazilian was outstanding last season as they won the Premier League, but will have to keep up his performance to not only maintain his place but win a World Cup berth with his country.

David Moyes one and only signing so far was a youngster who can rival him, 20-year-old Uruguayan Guillermo Varela.

But there is another young player who also has his eye on dislodging Rafael, and that is Marnick Vermijl.

The Belgian signed from Standard Liege at 18, and now 21 he knows the time has come where he needs to make an impact.

Sensing the golden generation of his country's players is about to bear it's fruit, he wants to be involved at next years World Cup with his country.

After signing a new two-year contract with United on Monday, he told the Belgian press he is feeling positive about his future at the club.

He said he has spoken with new manager David Moyes who assured him he does feature in his plans.

He added: "This is for me the season of truth. I want to get a lot of opportunities to play in the Premier League, because secretly I'm still dreaming of the World Cup in Brazil. The right back position now at the Red Devils there is a battle taking place. You never know."

Vermijl also said that he would not be averse to going on loan, and that there was interest.

"If next month would show that I should temporarily go to another club to work, I do not say no to a loan turn. There are some interested clubs. I would anyway play a lot, but most of all (i want) at Manchester United."

This time last year Vermijl was featuring on United's tour of South Africa, and says he is not unduly concerned about being left behind on this year's tour of Asia.

Moyes only selected a small squad to travel, and Vermijl is busy in Manchester alongside the company of Vidic, Nani, Valencia and Smalling.

If he can back up his ambition by seizing his chances when they come, United's prospects at right-back will appear very healthy indeed.

Do you think Vermijl has what it takes to challenge? What does Varela's signing mean for him?

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