Manchester United youngster: Relegation was 'good for my development'

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Marnick Vermijl has been speaking about his time at NEC Nijmegen.

Manchester United are beginning to bring through a new batch of young players at the club. The likes of Tom Thorpe, James Wilson, Paddy McNair, Saidy Janko and Tyler Blackett are all having an impact at the club - while another name worth mentioning is Marnick Vermijl.

The Belgian youngster is now 22-years-old and has been at the club for four years. He needs to make his breakthrough now, or it may never come.

He has played twice for the club, both in League Cup ties and found himself training with the first-team at points this week.

Last season he was on loan at Dutch side NEC Nijmegen. The experience was good for Vermijl, who performed reasonably well for the club, playing 30 times and even finding the net on three occasions.

But NEC were eventually relegated from the division. However Vermijl has today told the Manchester United website that he is pleased with the experience of battling relegation:

"When I arrived there, five games had been played already and they only had two points," he stated. So we knew it would be a difficult season, fighting for every point down there. The fans are behind you but there is a lot of pressure at NEC so it was good for my development and now I see the other side of the game.

"We can win every single game here at United but we had to fight for every single ball there and it was very different with more defending than attacking."

Vermijl now needs to begin playing football at a first-team level. His experience at NEC was positive and with the loan window open for Championship sides perhaps a deal in the Football League would suit this talented full-back.

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