Manchester United risk losing Andreas Pereira

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Manchester United have yet to open new contract talks with 18-year-old Andreas Pereira, reports suggest.

According to the Daily Mail, the Red Devils risk losing the Brazilian starlet as his current contract at Old Trafford is due to expire at the end of the campaign.

No new deal talks

Indeed, the same source claims that, unless Pereira signs a new deal before that date, he is free to hold conversations with other clubs as soon as January 1 2015.

Having joined Manchester United from Dutch giants PSV Eindhoven in 2012, Pereira is believed to be highly-regarded within the youth set-up and made his senior debut in English football after replacing fellow youngster Saidy Janko during the second half of the humiliating 4-0 defeat to MK Dons in the Capital One Cup last month.

Belgian-born, midfielder Pereira made frequent appearances for the country at U17 level before switching international allegiance to represent Brazil earlier this year.

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Pogba mark II?

Rather unsurprisingly, worries over Pereira' long-term future have begun to draw parallels with a certain Paul Pogba.

The French playmaker enjoyed a reputation as one of Manchester United's brightest youth prospects, yet a lack of regular first-team opportunities under Sir Alex Ferguson led him to depart for Serie A champions Juventus under somewhat of a cloud after failing to put pen-to-paper on a contract extension.

Such a departure was only made to look worse by Pogba's subsequent form with his boyhood idols.

The 21-year-old - who attracted a lot of transfer interest during the recent summer window but is expected to extend his stay in Turin - has become an integral figure at Juventus and his subsequent stint with the Old Lady has been characterised by some truly outrageous goals and pieces of sublime individual skill.

Van Gaal faith?

Manchester United supporters will surely be hopeful that Louis van Gaal will not allow Pereira to follow Pogba's example and the Dutchman's decision to name him as a substitute for last Sunday's 4-0 demolition of newly-promoted Queens Park Rangers would appear to demonstrate a certain amount of faith in his ability.

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