Andreas Pereira may not be a name that rolls off the tongue….yet, but the Brazilian under-20 international is thought to be one of the brightest stars of United’s current crop of youngsters.
Pereira signed a new contract recently with United keen to secure his services and ward off a number of rumoured suitors for his signature.
The youngster is currently focussed on steering Brazil through the under-20 World Cup, with a quarter final tie against Uruguay next on the agenda, but Pereira’s main focus is to break through into the first team at the Theatre of Dreams.
Its about breaking into the first team
19-year-old Pereira has currently made a couple of first team appearances, debuting in the League Cup defeat against MK Dons before making his Premier League bow as a substitute at home to Tottenham.
I was very happy with the moment against Tottenham when I could come on and we won the game as well – that was important. To be fair, when I came on the pitch it looked like I was dreaming. I felt like I was playing a video game then, afterwards, I got used to it. I wanted to help the team. I didn’t think about getting tired as I was just running as hard as I can.
Having had a taste of first team action Pereira is now hoping to force himself into the first team squad on a regular basis and build up his playing time with the senior side, but he is aware that he needs to work hard to do so.
Midfielder Pereira, who was named the under-21s player of the year after helping to guide Warren Joyce’s side to the league title, is expected to be part of the squad heading to the USA for United’s pre-season tour but with a new contract until 2018 in the bag there is surely more to come from the talented youngster.
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