Manchester United defender Marnick Vermijl has given a glimpse into a possible reason why some of the club's young players did not go on tour.
Manchester United defender Marnick Vermijl has revealed a conversation he had with Louis van Gaal as the new manager explained why the Belgian would not be going on tour.
“Van Gaal took me aside on Thursday and said he would take two players per position to the US,” Vermijl said in quotes published by the Express. “In my case that would be Rafael and Chris Smalling at right-back. It’s a limited group.”
If that is true, it could explain why there was a particularly notable omission from United’s touring party in the form of young striker James Wilson.
The teenager shot to fame with his debut brace last season. But while fellow striker Will Keane was granted a place on the plane, Wilson was not.
But Vermijl’s comments could reveal exactly why his young teammate is not currently in the USA.
After all, van Gaal took Keane, Wayne Rooney, Danny Welbeck on tour, and with the presence of both Shinji Kagawa and Juan Mata there is every chance he will play one up front with a play-maker in behind.
If that is the case, Wilson may have found his game-time severely limited.
As Vermijl said himself in reference to his conversation with his new manager, “He said, ‘I could take you, but you wouldn’t get any minutes’.”
And perhaps for that very reason, the fact that van Gaal left Wilson and some of his other young players at home should not be overanalysed.
After all, if they are good enough, the Dutchman will see that eventually.