Andreas Pereira.

Andreas Pereira scores directly from corner for Manchester United U21s

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It is hard to judge just how good a player Andreas Pereira really is. The Manchester United prodigy seems to be on the brink of breaking into the first-team at one moment and far away from it the next.

At this moment, he is very much in the latter compartment and finds himself playing for the Under-21 side more often than the senior side. But the young Brazilian did his chances no harm on Monday night after his quality goal against Tottenham went viral.

But did he actually mean it? That is probably an unanswerable question. The 20-year-old will claim he meant it, but can anyone mean to do what he did in the 65th minute? Does anyone ever mean to score directly from a corner?


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Morten Gamst Pedersen used to try it all the time and succeeded on a couple of occasions, but he was most definitely the exception to the rule. Anyway, enough about Blackburn's greatest ever player, you're here to see a goal from Pereira.

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Manchester United would go on to win the game 3-1 with goals from a goal from James Weir originally giving them the lead before Pereira grabbed a second in injury time to seal the win.

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Good season so far

Although Manchester United's youth side have only managed six games this season, they have been impressive and have a real chance of topping the table.

That is in stark contrast to the senior team, who currently lie nine points behind leaders Arsenal and seem more concerned with catching fourth-placed Tottenham. 

With some attacking flair in desperate need for Louis van Gaal, another good performance could well earn Pereira a chance to take corners in a proper Premier League match.

Manchester United U21 v Tottenham Hotspur U21: Barclays U21 Premier League

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