Andreas Pereira impressed Juan Mata in Manchester United training

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Andreas Pereira has revealed that Juan Mata allowed him to take a free-kick during the club's Capital One Cup victory over Ipswich Town last night after he impressed the Spaniard in training, reports the Manchester Evening News. 

Pereira, who was starting his first competitive match for the Red Devils, found the back of the net from a dead ball situation with a wonderful strike. 

It initially appeared that Mata was set to take the free-kick, but the former Chelsea man ran over the ball, allowing the Brazilian youngster to take aim. As a result, the teenager scored United's second of the evening in a comfortable 3-0 victory. 


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After enjoying a wonderful night in front of the Old Trafford crowd, the 19-year-old also insisted that he's determined to work hard in pursuit of first-team football. 

When speaking about his goal, Pereira stated: "I asked Juan for the ball.

"He gave me the ball because we had been practising and he trusted me. I'm very happy he did!

"It's a relief now that all the work I have done that I'm playing in the first team.

"We won the game tonight, I'm very happy. I just want to keep working harder and harder and do more in the future."

First team chance

It's certainly not going to be easy for Pereira to secure a regular role under the Dutch regime in Manchester, but there's no reason why he won't be able to go from strength-to-strength at the club. 

Ultimately, the likes of Memphis Depay, Juan Mata and Co. are currently ahead of the Brazilian starlet in the pecking order, but he may well have a role to play.

Of course, he's yet to feature in the Premier League this season, but after last night's marvelous display, Louis van Gaal may well hand him his opportunity to shine sooner rather than later. 

How many games do you expect Pereira to play in this season? Have your say below! 

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