Adnan Januzaj hails Andreas Pereira at Manchester United awards

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Adnan Januzaj has tipped youngster Andreas Pereira to become a 'great player' for Manchester United after the 19-year-old secured the Under-21s Player of the Year for the 2014/15.

Pereira has gone from strength-to-strength in recent time, having made his first-team debut under boss Louis van Gaal earlier on in this campaign. 

In fact, the talented midfielder, who helped the club claim the Barclays Under-21 Premier League title, recently signed a new long-term deal with the club, so will no doubt be hoping to kick on sooner rather than later. 

And Januzaj, who won the same award last season, has hailed his teammate, insisting that he has many good qualities. 

Januzaj hails Pereria 

“It is always good to win your own prize and your own trophy,” Januzaj exclusively told

“I think he just has to work hard and when the chance comes to him then he should take it. Andreas is a very good player, he has a lot of good qualities and I think he can be a great player for United.”

There's no doubt about it, after a couple of sporadic appearances for Pereria throughout the course of this campaign, he will no doubt be hoping to kick on in the first-team set up under the Dutch regime next term.

In truth, so will his teammate Januzaj, who has also struggled for opportunities under the guidance of Van Gaal. After a remarkable breakthrough season under David Moyes last term, the now Belgian international has failed to really prove himself this time around, often having to make-do with a place on the bench.

2015/16 season will be a big one 

But things can change for both stars next season. Ultimately, they are both extremely talented and have great futures in front of them. One thing's for sure, United chief Louis van Gaal must make big decisions over their short term futures at the club. 

As stated, the duo are in need of regular first-team football, so perhaps a decision to send either of them out on loan could be in their best interests. 

It certainly has to be an option to hand Pereira a short term deal away from the club, as he's yet to really make a breakthrough into the side. Januzaj, on the other hand, may well be hoping to get back on track next term, and may yet prove an important first-team player for the Red Devils sooner rather than later. 

The United faithful will certainly be hoping to see them involved for many years to come, but they may have to wait a little while longer yet. 

Manchester United fans: Will Pereria and Januzaj have key roles to play next season? Have your say in the comments section below! 

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