Have Manchester United unearthed their latest academy gem

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Over the years, the League Cup has become an ideal opportunity for young players to expose their talent. 

On Wednesday, Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal expected Andreas Pereira to do so by handing him his first start of the season against Ipswich Town. 

Luckily, the youngster lived up to expectations and repaid the Dutch manager for his confidence with an outstanding performance. 


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Besides a stunning free-kick goal, the 19-year-old demonstrated brilliant passing accuracy as well as fluid technique.

For those who've already had to chance to see Pereira at work Wednesday's display will come as little surprise. 

At the age of nine, the bright midfielder joined Dutch powerhouse, PSV. In 2011, he took part in the renowned Manchester Premier Cup, catching the eye of several big-name clubs - including Liverpool, Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal. 

Alex Ferguson's personal intervention was the main reason he eventually opted for the Red Devils. Thus, the Brazilian spent three years in their youth teams before being promoted to the first team in July 2014. 

The player went on to make two appearances for the club last term.

Over the summer, Pereira had already been on fine form at the Under 20's World Cup in New Zealand. 

His skills and determination helped Brazil reach the final. Sadly though, his goal was not enough to ensure victory over Serbia.

The playmaker then took centre stage during Manchester United's American pre-season tour. He scored his first goal with the senior squad when they overcame the San Jose Earthquakes in the 2015 International Champions Cup.

It will obviously be a near-impossible task for Pereira to secure regular game-time this season, with the likes of Marouane Fellaini, Juan Mata, Wayne Rooney, Ashley Young, Memphis Depay and Ander Herrera as competition. 

However, the player's versatility could indeed prove to be a vital factor in his development. 

Van Gaal made this clear during his post-match conference by stating, as per ESPN: “That [the fact that he can play at No 7, 10 and 11] is the reason I keep these players because then I don't have to keep so many [other] players because I have multifunctional players in Lingard and Pereira. 

"I put always the best player in the lineup when he is working for the team."

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