Andreas Pereira has admitted he is looking to break in Manchester United’s first-team squad as soon as possible, having put pen to paper recently on a new deal that will keep him at the club for the foreseeable future.
The young Brazilian ruled out the idea that he might move to pastures new for an easier ride to the top by pledging his future to Old Trafford in the form of a three-year deal.
The 19-year-old has been touted as one of the best young players at United and was given his debut by Louis van Gaal during the Dutchman’s maiden campaign in Europe.
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However his push to break into Van Gaal’s squad on a permanent basis hasn’t gone as swimmingly as Adnan Januzaj’s, and Pereira himself is hoping that next year he can continue to climb the echelons at one of football’s biggest clubs.
"It's about breaking into the first-team squad," he said, as per United's official website.
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"After that, I have to work hard to get into the first team and, following that, we will see. I was focused on the football anyway [rather than my future] and everything that comes with it but, when I signed, I was very pleased to finalise the contract. I can continue my form like this and do well here in the coming years.
"It means a lot [to me]. I’m very proud to be a Manchester United player. I always dreamed about it. Now I am happy I can live my dream."
LVG the mentor
It’s fair to say that in Van Gaal Pereira has a manager perfectly qualified to helping him get where he wants to be as a professional.
Not only does the 63-year-old have a glittering CV that boasts some of the best football teams in the world, but he’s also credited with having initially given the likes of Xavi and Victor Valdes their breakthroughs whilst in charge of Barcelona, as well as having done the same with Thomas Muller at Bayern Munich.
It’s far to say Van Gaal’s faith in youth was evident last term with United as well. The academy duo of Tyler Blackett and Paddy McNair often featured in his starting XIs, albeit mostly because of injuries to the players he would have usually relied on, and James Wilson also continued his development with a string of impressive displays.
Tough task ahead
Of course that’s not to say that Pereira can expect to waltz in Van Gaal’s during what could be one of the most testing campaigns of his managerial career.
With United having achieved the minimum of what was expected of them last season in finishing fourth, the onus now will be on providing a challenge for Chelsea, Manchester City and Arsenal with regards to the Premier League title, as well as at least putting in a positive showing in the Champions League.
As a result Pereira’s path to the first-team might be blocked by the additions of more star names, though that isn’t likely to phase a player of his potential.
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