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Will Andreas Pereira break into the Manchester United first-team this season?

Wednesday 19th July 2017
Manchester United Football Club have often been known as one of the professional sides that harness and nurture young prospects and turn them into world beaters. One player on the cusp of challenging for a spot in the first-team is Andreas Pereira.

The supremely talented Brazilian spent last season out on loan with Granada, where he nailed down a place in the starting XI almost immediately. That twelve months would have done him the world of good, and he'll be a better player and person because of his time in La Liga.

Before he went on the aforementioned short-term deal to Granada, Pereira made eleven appearances in the Red Devils jersey during the 2015/16 campaign. Most of those were cameo substitute roles, but he never once looked out of his depth.

Now, he's back at Old Trafford. We want to ask the question, is this his time?

Does Andreas Pereira have what it takes to break into Manchester United's first-team?

In a word, yes. He's more than capable to break into things this year in my humble opinion. His versatility is massively important. The fact that he can be selected in multiple positions will be a key contributor and Jose Mourinho knows that he has a man for all situations.

Pereira can play as the attacking midfielder in the #10 role, whilst also having the pace and ability to play out on the wing. Also, whilst out on tour in the United States of America, he's been deployed as a holding midfielder and although the quality of opposition isn't up to Premier League standards, he played well.

A big thing for a young player is confidence. If you go out onto the field doubting yourself and your ability, it just isn't going to work. However, Pereira backs himself 100% and he knows he can be the difference maker.

The fact that Manchester United are yet to bring in a new midfielder also plays in his favour. Outside of Paul Pogba and Ander Herrera, nobody else really fully impressed last season so there is definitely an opportunity there for him. Now, it's down to Pereira to make sure he takes every single chance that comes his way, and it all starts on pre-season tour. The acid tests for him will come in the games against Manchester City, FC Barcelona and Real Madrid and coincidentally, they are United's next three fixtures.

The verdict

The potential for him to make this happen is there. I just don't think Jose Mourinho fully trusts Pereira yet. In time, that will come. For right now, I'd imagine we'll be seeing plenty of him in the League Cup and the odd substitute appearance.

I'd love for him to force his way into the starting line-up on a regular basis, but when you look at the big-money signings in front of Pereira, it's going to be tough. Who knows, if the lads in front of him aren't performing and the 21-year-old impresses, then the manager's hands may be forced into sticking with him.

There are plenty of factors that work in his favour, whereas others don't. Another loan move wouldn't be beneficial to him, so now is the time for Pereira to make his mark.
Jordan Street

Jordan Street, 25-year old sports writer. Avid Manchester United fan and season ticket holder. Lover of the Premier League. Enjoys American sports. Tom Brady's biggest admirer, Kyrie Irving for MVP.

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