Overall, Januzaj had a rather muted game before he was substituted after the hour mark. In a more central role up front, Adnan didn’t influence the match as much as he would have liked but it’s to be expected when you play in that position and aren’t getting the service.
As for Pereira, he slowly came into the game and really controlled the tempo following Middlesbrough’s red card as he made use of the extra space.
Januzaj has had a bit of a stinker.
— Andrew (@Andy1886_) February 29, 2016
Januzaj coming off, would love him to get half an hour on Wednesday
— Jαу (@Jermaine_ManUtd) February 29, 2016
— Man United News (@ManUtdMEN) February 29, 2016
Pereira and Weir just taking the piss now ????
— Joe Cooper (@CooperJoeCooper) February 29, 2016
Nondescript night for Januzaj. Striker role doesn't suit him at U21 level, either. #mufc
— Samuel Luckhurst (@samuelluckhurst) February 29, 2016
Januzaj playing the way I like to see him play tonight. Working hard & not trying to do it all himself, looking to play in other players
— jb8521 (@jb_8521) February 29, 2016
Andreas Pereira dribbling past defenders with ease. Hopefully he's subbed early, and we see him Weds. #MUFCU21
— Stretford Paddock (@StretfordPaddck) February 29, 2016
With Januzaj going off after the hour mark, we may well see him in action against Watford on Wednesday but Pereira played the full 90 minutes so it would be a surprise if he started.
There have been so many youth team breakthroughs this season which has been fantastic but Pereira’s had to wait patiently for his opportunities, while Januzaj endured a torrid loan spell at Borussia Dortmund. However, between now and the end of the year, they’ll be pushing for first-team minutes and a busy March could see them both called into action.