Former Manchester United starlet Indy Boonen is reportedly heading for a new adventure in Qatar five years after his time at the Premier League giants came to an end.

When putting pen to paper with the Red Devils back in 2015 – Boonen arriving at Old Trafford from Genk during the Louis van Gaal era – the teenager admitted that he was living the ‘dream’ at Manchester United.

Now, it would be more than a little hyperbolic to suggest his dream turned into a North West nightmare. But Boonen’s three-year stint at arguably the world’s largest footballing institution still let the former Belgium U19 international with his fair share of regrets.

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Former Man United starlet heading to Qatar

“The first team, that was a different world. You were hardly looked at, not even by (fellow Belgian Romelu) Lukaku,” Boonen sighed to Het Laaste Nieuws, turning down a new contract with United before leaving for KV Oostende (Manchester Evening News).

“(Jose) Mourinho? He did not look at me. He gave me a hand, like all players, but was otherwise very distant. He isolated himself with a few of his players. Never have we spoken, even though I was a fixture in the youth team.”

This, unfortunately, is a story many young players who shared a training pitch with Mourinho will be familiar with. It’s not hard to imagine that, if Van Gaal had stuck around for another season or two, a manager who gave opportunities to the likes of Paddy McNair, Tyler Blackett and Cameron Borthwick-Jackson may have bestowed a senior debut upon young Boonen too. 

Set for Qatar

Now 24, Boonen finds himself without a club again. His Oostende deal expired in July and, according to Tuttomercatoweb, his next destination is likely to be Qatar despite interest from a number of European clubs.

Boonen will reportedly join Al Waeb after receiving a ‘rich offer’ from the Qatari outfit.