Andreas Pereira was named the Manchester United under 21 Player Of The Year at the clubs awards ceremony earlier this week. Pereira has been impressive form for the under 21s this season, helping them regain the Under 21s Premier League title. He has also forced himself into first team contention. He has regularly appeared on the substitute’s bench for first team matches towards the end of the season and came off the bench in the 3-0 win over Tottenham to make his Premier League debut.
There had been speculation over Pereira’s long term future at the club, with his contract due to expire this summer and French big spenders Paris St Germain were one of the clubs said to be interested in signing him should he decide to leave United. Pereira committed his future to United on 1st May 2015 when he signed a contract to at least June 2018, with the option of a further year.
Pereira is the son of former Brazilian professional football Marcos Pereira and he was born in Duffel, Belgium. While his father was playing there. He began his career with Lommel United, one of his father’s former clubs. At the age of nine he moved to Dutch side PSV Eindhoven in 2005. Pereira became subject of interest from the top Premier League clubs after impressing in the Manchester United Premier Cup. After a visit from Manchester United manager in November 2011, Pereira decided that United were the club for him. He had to wait until his 16th birthday on 1st January 2012 to complete the move to Old Trafford.
He signed as an academy scholar in July 2012 and became a regular in the under 18s side in the 2012/13 season, making 20 appearances and scoring 5 goals. He also enjoyed his first taste of reserve team football, coming on as a substitute in a 3-1 win over Oldham Athletic in the Manchester Senior Cup. In the 2013/14 season Pereira featured heavily in the under 18s and under 21s, while also featuring in the inaugural Uefa Youth League.
Pereira is eligible to play for both Belgium and Brazil on the international stage, having been born in Belgium to Brazilian parents. He initially represented Belgium at under 17s and under 18s level but then stated “My Heart Is Brazilian”. He received his first call-up to the Brazilian under 20s side in July 2014 and helped the side win the Panda Cup.
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