"This is my third year now at United. My first year was more about adapting to the English game. Last year, I played in almost all the games and this year I’ve got to ultimately try to make the step up to the first team."

- Marnick Vermijl, Inside United

05/12/2012 10:31, Report by Adam Marshall
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Exclusive Q and A: Vermijl

that way.

Do you look up to anyone in the role?
Down the years, it was Gary Neville.

Would you agree that one of your strengths, like Gary, is your consistency?
Definitely. It’s an important part of the game to be consistent as well as everything else. It’s about working hard every day in training to make sure you have enough in your tank to get those games under your belt.

Do you think United do have the best second-string team in the country?
I think we only lost two or three games all last season. I’d say we are one of the best teams – when you think that we won everything last year, you can’t really look beyond us.

It’s a different format this year. Are you finding the Under-21 league any different to the Reserves as it was last season?
It’s more or less the same. You can have three over-aged players and a keeper and, last year, mostly three players or so played from the first team, so I don’t think it’s that much different. We have a young team this year as well as the older ones from last season.

What are the behind-closed-doors games like – are they competitive?
Definitely. It’s good to get a run-out in the team for everyone if they need a match and, for the younger ones who play in those fixtures, it’s a way to show the manager that you want to get into the team.

Do you like having senior players stepping down to play with you at that level?
Definitely. Someone like Darren Fletcher is great as he runs around and coaches. To have someone like him in the team is a big step for us.

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