Manchester United midfielder steals show on US Tour

He won’t turn 20 for another five months, but Manchester United prodigy midfielder Andreas Pereira is going full speed forward on his career path to stardom.

He has been hyped and sought out by football scouts since he was nine years old. But, it wasn’t until this year when he really started to show the world what the future may hold.

Last season, he was voted the best player for Manchester United U21 Premier League champions. The attacking midfielder scored 4 goals in 21 matches. Pereira then went to New Zealand to represent his fathers birth nation Brazil at the U20 World Cup.

Living in the United States, i rarely get to watch youth matches from England. So, i was interested to stay up late (U20 WC matches ranged from 10pm to 4am for me) to see Pereira and see what all the hype was about and get a glimpse of how he plays against his peers and age level. And he didn’t disappoint.

He was creating and developing. Usually being one of the top players on the field. He scored two goals in the tournament, including one in the final where his Brazil lost 2-1. He also scored twice in the penalty shootout. He was calm and composed and Brazil trusted him with the first shot.

Now, along with Manchester United on their pre-season tour in the United States, Pereira again has to prove his worth to this coaching staff. In Seattle, he played the entire second half on the wing and was one of the more attacking players. Showing promise in a match that did not show much.

Tonight in San Jose, against the domestic Earthquakes, Pereira again came in at half-time and played the entire half. Most likely as a reward from his Seattle showing, manager Louis Van Gaal moved Januzaj to the wing, and brought Pereira to his natural position, the “#10” spot as an attacking midfielder. He played with pace and controlled the ball well. In a half, where Manchester United looked unorganized, Pereira was the only bright spot. And then Pereira read the play perfectly, cut in-between two defenders and scored a wonderful header goal for his first with the senior team.

The phenom just keeps on getting better. He’s knocking on the door very loudly to get some Premier League minutes this season, and he’s earned it.

Top 3 vs. San Jose: 3: Mata. 2: Pereira. 1: Memphis.

Other notes:

-This is a big season for Marouane Fellaini who became sorts of a colt hero last season because each time he scored it seemed like it broke a tried score and Fellaini ended up with six game-winning goals. Fellaini is suspended for the first three games for the new season due to his “stupid” red card vs. Hull City in the season finale. Despite this being possibly the biggest season of Fellaini’s career, it doesn’t seem Van Gaal is very willing to waste time on a player who will miss most of the first month, as he tries to get the squad ready for the season. Through two games in pre-season, Fellaini has yet to play a single minute.

Next Game: Saturday, 4pm US EST vs. Barcelona.