Manchester United’s reserve player of the year Andreas Pereira has inspired Brazil to victory at the U20s World Cup today with an assist and a late winner from the penalty spot.
The 20-year-old midfielder came off the bench and put in a match winning performance which steered Brazil to three points in what was a tricky encounter.
One of United’s hottest young prospects, Pereira came on in the second half in New Zealand and took the corner to set up Brazil’s first goal. He then went on to secure victory in the final minutes of the game by slotting home a penalty to condemn Hungary to a 2-1 defeat.
The young Brazilian’s goal means that his country are already through to the knockout stages of the competition with a game to spare and he will hope that his match-winning performance puts him in contention for a starting berth for their next game against North Korea.
— Andreas Pereira (@andrinhopereira) June 4, 2015
His late dramatics in the Antipodes continue what has been an impressive season for the attacking midfielder. Widely lauded as one of United’s most promising young talents, the club worked hard to ensure he signed a long term deal despite interest from across Europe.
Keen to avoid a repeat of the mistakes which allowed Paul Pogba to leave for Juventus, Pereira was convinced by the club’s plans for his future, which could well see him feature more prominently next season.
He’s certainly doing his best at the U20s World Cup to make sure he puts himself in contention for more first-team minutes next season.