"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

Marnick Vermijl gives a first major interview to Inside United ...

Tell us about your senior debut against Newcastle United…
I was a bit nervous before the game, but I think that’s normal if you’re going to play in such a big stadium for such a big team. I really enjoyed it – with all the young lads playing, and to get the win and go through, made it even better. Old Trafford’s a big pitch, so it didn’t make it any easier that I’d been injured beforehand. I think that’s why I started feeling my hamstring, because I’d only had three days’ worth of training beforehand.

You were particularly impressive in the Manchester Senior Cup win over Bury. The manager takes notice of these games - do you think that helped earn your Capital One Cup call-up?
It was only a few days before the Newcastle game so that was a major boost for me as well to score.

Breaking into the first team must make all the hard work worthwhile…
It’s why you’re doing it. Everyone at the club is trying to achieve the aim of playing in the first team.

Have you always been a right-back?
When I was young, I started out as a striker. But down the years I went a position back and then a position back. I was actually a central defender until I was 16 or 17 and then started to play right-back, even though I’d never played there before. I came into the national youth team and they played me right-back too. I think in football at the moment, you need to get forward from the right-back position. It’s the modern game and I think it’s the most enjoyable part of football as well. Is that part of a tactical switch with the midfields becoming tighter and the full-backs being asked to provide more width? Yes, you have more space out there if you play that way.

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

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