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Marouane Fellaini hails Manchester United youngster Andreas Pereira

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Manchester United youngster Andreas Pereira has been tipped for success by teammate Marouane Fellaini. 

As reported by the club's official site, Fellaini has admitted that the club did everything they could to sign the talented midfielder up to a new deal last season. 

Ultimately, Pereira committed his future with the Red Devils, signing a lengthy five-year contract with the club, and Fellaini has called on the wide-man to work hard to secure a place in the first-team under the Louis van Gaal regime. 

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Pereira, of course, has been making headlines this summer after some fine performances for Brazil in the Under-20 World Cup. In fact, despite losing the showdown, the 19-year-old struck a remarkable goal in the final of the competition. 

Praise 

And he's certainly recognised as a huge prospect back in Manchester, as when speaking to United review, Fellaini said: “Andreas is a big talent.

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“I think the club did everything to sign him up to a contract because a lot of teams wanted him. He has to continue like that, to work hard and to keep going and try to win his place.”

Of course, having signed a new deal with the club, and making a couple of sporadic appearances last term, the midfielder will now be desperate to prove himself in the club's set up sooner rather than later. But is he really good enough to play on a regular basis at Old Trafford? 

First-team chance

Let's be honest, it's not going to be easy for him to play week in, week out in 2015/16, but he certainly has the ability to make an impact at the Theatre of Dreams in the near future. 

With Champions League football returning to the club, there will be more games for the Red Devils next term, so that could hand the young Brazilian a role in the first-team. No doubt, Van Gaal would have been disappointed by his sides humiliating exit in the Capital One Cup last season, so there may be an opportunity for Pereira to prove what he can do in that competition. 

After securing the club's U21 Player of the Year award in 2014/15, it's not entirely surprising that the Manchester United hierarchy worked hard to sign the Brazilian on for the long term, but it's now crucial they hand him the opportunity to progress. 

Naturally a winger, it's not going to be easy for him, though, with the array of attacking talent already at the club. With Angel di Maria, Ashley Young, Juan Mata and even fellow youngster Adnan Januzaj competing for places, Van Gaal certainly has a number of options at his disposal. There's also Dutch ace Memphis Depay, who is set to enter the fold.

Manchester United fans: Does Pereira deserve his chance in the first team? Have your say in the comments section below! 

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