Andreas Pereira’s is a name sure to be synonymous with Manchester United in the future, even if he has yet to properly establish himself in Louis van Gaal’s first-team.
If the Dutchman was waiting for a sign that the Brazilian youngster was the real deal then he was handed it on a silver platter last night as the 19-year-old produced a moment of magic in the U20 World Cup final.
With a jinxing run reminiscent of South American compatriot Lionel Messi, Pereira proved too much for the Serbian defence to handle, as his young Brazilian side sought to declare themselves the best in the world.
Unfortunately the United starlet’s goal wasn’t enough to seal the victory, as Serbia ran out 2-1 winners in extra-time to leave the next generation of Selecao disappointed at the last hurdle.
For Pereira himself the final might well prove to be a platform for him to make a claim for Van Gaal’s first-team at Old Trafford.
A recent contract dispute had led to fears that he would take his leave of the club in a Paul Pogba-esque situation, though it’s far more likely the club will aim to give him a clear enough path the first-team that he isn’t encouraged to seek pastures new.
Watch Pereira's goal below.
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