Joel Pereira set for Manchester United first-team role

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Manchester United youngster Joel Pereira is set to be handed a first-team opportunity at Old Trafford this season, according to the Daily Mail.

It has been reported that Pereira, who is just 19-years-old, is set to become a back-up to Spaniard David de Gea, with it looking increasingly likely that the duo of Anders Lindegaard and Ben Amos will leave the Theatre of Dreams in this January transfer window.


Lindegaard and Amos have both failed to gain opportunities under Louis van Gaal throughout the course of the campaign, so it now appears that they will head out of the exit door at the club sooner rather than later. 

And that could hand Pereira his chance to shine after impressing at youth and reserve level. The talented teenager joined the club in 2012 during Sir Alex Ferguson's tenure with the club, and has impressed at reserve level of late. 

He's certainly rated highly at the Theatre of Dreams, with coach Alan Fettis insisting that he has the potential to become a top 'keeper. 

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On the progress of Pereira, the Red Devils coach said: "Joel developed well last season – he’s a good learner who picks things up very quickly. His English is now excellent. He wants to improve like all the goalkeepers do.

"He’s competitive and often has penalty competitions with the other players with Nando’s as the prize! He has the character that he doesn’t want to be beaten. Joel has potential to be a top goalkeeper and is progressing well."

Manchester United fans will certainly be hoping that the youngster continues to develop over the coming months as he looks ahead to the possibility of moving into the United first-team.

De Gea is No.1 

It certainly won't prove easy for the youngster to become a regular at the club anytime soon, however, with Spanish international David de Gea in remarkable form for the Red Devils. 

The former Atletico Madrid man has been without a doubt United's standout player over the last 18 months, and United fans will be hoping that he signs a new contract with the club in the immediate future. 

For now, though, De Gea and Co. will be concentrating on this weekend's Premier League clash with Southampton as the club go in search of maintaining their unbeaten run in all competitions. 

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