Despite some great transfer news circulating Old Trafford at the moment, Manchester United’s talents might have had a rough few days, after hearing news of completed transfers for established players such as Bastian Schweinsteiger or Morgan Schneiderlin. As a result of the club’s very recent additions, the midfield area looks particularly crowded, be it in the centre or out on the sides. In this respect, especially one young prospect will have to fight hard to make it into the starting eleven on a regular basis. Although Andreas Pereira’s most recent exploits at the U20s World Cup would have raised several eyebrows, the 19-year old might have to remain patient, given the stiff competition for a limited amount of midfield places.
Despite not being in direct competition with Schweinsteiger and Schneiderlin, the arrival of these two might prompt manager Louis van Gaal to deploy a system that would suit the new additions and would ensure that they are accommodated. If that system then turns out to be a 3-5-2, Pereira might ultimately benefit from an additional midfield position. On the other hand, if LvG prefers a four-man midfield, Pereira might drop further down the pecking order. Regardless of system, the young Brazilian, who was born and raised in Belgium, is an incredible talent, equipped with a skill set that would frighten any Premier League defence. Unfortunately for him, there is much at stake at Manchester United this season. Essentially, the club will want to justify the investment of the last two years by pushing for the ultimate prize of winning the league. In this respect, developing the likes of Pereira will not be a top priority.
The young Brazilian seems much less worried about these developments. Pereira is confident enough to believe that his goal should be to become a regular during the course of the season. Nevertheless, it is important to point out that an improvement to last season’s single Premier League appearance should be the player’s biggest priority. Although the Brazilian’s confidence should be commended, his patience will arguably be more important at this stage. The Manchester United faithful have already seen Paul Pogba leave the club due to his limitations within the first team squad. Pogba might be a different type of player, but should Pereira show similar levels of impatience and frustration at United, he might become another great talent to leave the squad, but as things stand, that is not even under consideration.
During the U20s World Cup, Pereira led the Brazilian team all the way to the final, where he even equalised for his team at one stage. The youngster showed great maturity and displayed his impressive skill set during the tournament, but Brazil eventually failed to overcome Serbia in the final. For many, the U20s World Cup is a stepping-stone and this might just as well apply to Pereira, who looks set to become one of the game’s future attacking midfield prodigies. The developments at Old Trafford will be interesting to watch, and it will be intriguing to see as to how Andreas Pereira fits into this season’s plans.