Manchester United youngster Andreas Pereira has set his sights on becoming a regular first team player.
After recently signing a new contract with the reds, the Belgian born prodigy is currently serving Brazil in the U20s World Cup, to cap off a successful early career after signing as an academy scholar in 2012.
The 19-year-old Brazilian captured his first taste of top level football under manager Louis van Gaal with a substitute appearance against Tottenham Hotspur and looking forward to next year, it’s something Pereira wants to happen more often.
“It’s about breaking into the first-team squad,” Pereira told ManUtd.com in an interview.
“After that, I have to work hard to get into the first team and, following that, we will see. I was focused on the football anyway [rather than my future] and everything that comes with it but, when I signed, I was very pleased to finalise the contract. I can continue my form like this and do well here in the coming years.
“It means a lot [to me]. I’m very proud to be a Manchester United player. I always dreamed about it. Now I am happy I can live my dream.”
Man United fans were delighted to see Pereira sign a new contract because he’s got great potential and it would have been terrible if the club lost yet another prodigious teenage talent over contract disagreements.
He faces an uphill task to break into United’s first-team next year with so much competition for midfield places already in the squad, let alone when all the new signings arrive.
However, Pereira is ready for that fight and committed his future to United. It is now up to him to show Van Gaal that he deserves a spot and he’ll have to earn that on the training ground.