Manchester United’s Andreas Pereira was named Player of the Tournament at the 2013 Milk Cup.
The 17-year-old midfielder scored three goals on route to United lifting the trophy in Northern Ireland and stood head and shoulders above everybody in the competition. His brilliant brace against Tus Altenberge was his personal highlight but it was more his leadership qualities that made him stand out.
U18s manager Paul McGuinness revealed that Pereira had dropped down a level to play in the Milk Cup so that United could get a look at this leadership skills.
“Andreas did very well in the game,” McGuinness told the Belfast Telegraph after United beat South Coast Strikers 2-0.
“He’s training regularly with the reserves at the minute so he’s dropped back down into this group for the tournament.
“He’s showing great leadership skills among the boys and we’re very pleased with him.”
Earlier this year, Pereira signed professional terms with United and his performance in the Milk Cup certainly justify that.
Fellow Belgian Adnan Januzaj, who is only one year older, has just broken through into the United first team set-up and if Pereira continues to progress as well as he has, his chance could come round sooner than he thinks.