TEAMtalk takes a look at Manchester United youngster Andreas Pereira, who will be one of several fringe players looking to impress Louis van Gaal at Old Trafford in the League Cup on Wednesday.
United host Championship outfit Ipswich and the 19-year-old ill be looking to get some first-team action under his belt after a progressive pre-season on the tour of the United States.
Pereira scored in the final of the Under-20 World Cup for Brazil and then scored from the bench against against San Jose Earthquakes in July – his first senior goal for United.
The Belgium-born attacking midfielder was on the bench at Old Trafford for the opening league game against Tottenham, but the progress he looked to be making has since been halted as he’s not been involved since.
Pereira, who signed a new contract in the summer, will be hoping to get a run-out against Ipswich and impress Van Gaal, who must think highly of him having not sent him out on loan.
Adnan Januzaj has been shipped out to Borussia Dortmund, while Pereira remains at Old Trafford and the fact that he did not feature in United’s U21 victory over Everton on Monday suggests he could get a prominent role on Wednesday.
— Andreas Pereira (@andrinhopereira) May 1, 2015
After Pereira signed his new deal in the summer, Van Gaal said: “I am delighted that Andreas has signed a new contract. Andreas has all the attributes to become an integral part of the first team; great natural talent coupled with a good appetite to learn.
“I am pleased with his progression so far this season and look forward to working with him to develop his talent even further.”
On signing, Pereira, who signed for United in 2011 amid interest from Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal, said he was “at the right club to continue my development as a player” and he’ll be hoping that proves correct when Van Gaal names his team to face the Tractor Boys this week.