Manchester United defender Marnick Vermijl has been speaking about his first encounter with new boss Louis van Gaal.
The Belgian right-back is highly-regarded at Old Trafford, and having spent last season on loan at NEC Nijmegen it was thought the 22-year-old could now challenge Rafael for a regular starting-spot.
However, in quotes published by the Express, Vermijl revealed the conversation he had with van Gaal prior to the announcement of the official touring party for their pre-season games in the USA.
“It’s a big disappointment,” Vermijl said of the fact that he was not included in the squad.
“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.
“I had imagined my first encounter with van Gaal would be different.”
That last comment is particularly telling, and one wonders how Vermijl will react to what could be perceived as a snub given that Smalling is not a right-back by trade and Rafael continues to split opinion with his hard-working but sometimes erratic showings.
Vermijl did go on to say that van Gaal had told him things could change if he continued to work hard. But given his age and the fact that he only has a contract for another two season, it will be interesting to see what the future holds for the player.
While his teammates enjoy their US tour, Vermijl will travel to Ireland for a reserve-team friendly against Bray Wanderers.
But anyone who has seen him in recent times will know he deserved a chance to show his new manager what he can do.