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Indy
Boonen

Biography

Regarded as a highly-talented individual, Indy Boonen arrived at Manchester United after completing a successful trial.

An attacking midfielder with bags of creativity, the Belgian was formerly with Genk. Marouane Fellaini and Adnan Januzaj played a part in helping their fellow countryman settle at the Aon Training Complex. His father, Jacky, was a professional footballer with Lierse, Lokeren and Beveren, but is on record as saying his son is a bigger talent. Furthermore, Indy's younger brother Seppe is a promising goalkeeper so the natural ability would appear to run in the genes. Boonen naturally took a little time to find his feet but gained in influence and exposure as his maiden campaign wore on. Enjoying a fruitful on-field relationship with Angel Gomes, he started scoring on a regular basis and ended with seven goals from 12 starts. A hat-trick against Newcastle United boosted his tally and only Marcus Rashford netted more for the Under-18s all season. A neat finisher with natural all-round ability, the teenager gained more experience with Belgium at the Under-17 European Championship in the summer of 2016 and made a Reserves debut for United against Leicester City last April, even if it was cut short by injury just before the half-hour mark. His final Under-18 stats in his last year at that level were 20 starts, four substitute appearances and six goals, as he often looked a threat from a wide position. Kieran McKenna commented: "Maybe one of the best finishers in the group. He's a wide player, not a traditional winger really, but someone who likes to get in the box. He's really good off both feet and not bad in the air; a really instinctive finisher. He's a bubbly character as well and one who, I think, has got a fair bit of physical development to come. If he keeps his head down, he can go in the right direction in the next couple of years."

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  • Position

    Midfielder

  • Country

    Belgium

  • Date of birth

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United Under-23 players celebrate Indy Boonen's equaliser against Manchester City

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Indy Boonen's header secures a hard-fought away point in the Premier League 2 derby at the Etihad Campus.