Marnick Vermijl joins Sheffield Wednesday from Manchester United
Marnick Vermijl joins Sheffield Wednesday from Manchester United permanently

Manchester United defender Marnick Vermijl has made a permanent departure from Old Trafford, joining Sheffield Wednesday for an undisclosed fee.

The-23-year-old penned a three-and-a-half year deal with the South Yorkshire club, and will subsequently don the number 36 shirt for the Championship outfit.

Vermijl was a regular in the United Reserves and Under-21 set-up, but struggled to break into the first-team while running out of time due to his age.

Operating as a right-back or a centre-back under Warren Joyce, Vermijl adapted to a number of defensive roles which he will hope to continue in the second-tier of English football.

The Belgian arrived at the Theatre of Dreams back in 2010 from Standard Liege, and managed to make his senior debut for the Reds in the League Cup two years later.

Starting against Newcastle United, he also featured in the competition this season in a humiliating defeat at the hands of League One club Milton Keynes Dons.

The youngster will now link up with the Owls in the search for regular first-team senior football, and will now link up with fellow United prospect Will Keane – who recently joined the club on loan for the remainder of the season.

Having represented Belgium as an Under-17, Under-18, Under-19 and Under-21 international, he spent the 2013/14 season in the Netherlands, scoring three goals in 28 appearances for NEC.

Vermijl almost completed a switch to Belgian club Lommel, but the deal fell through on the day of his medical.