Manchester United’s first team may be having a bad season, but things have not been much better for their youth team.
They were knocked out of the UEFA Youth League at the Group Stage and were also dumped out of the FA Youth Cup in the fifth round by Huddersfield Town.
But one player who has been a shining light all season has been Belgian youngster Andreas Pereira.
The 18-year-old midfielder arrived at United in 2012 from PSV Eindhoven and is described as a player who is ‘very comfortable in possession’ and ‘an excellent set-piece taker’.
This season he has made his way into Warren Joyce’s under-21 team and is surely hoping to follow in the footsteps of his good friend and team-mate Adnan Januzaj.
Like Januzaj the Belgian has split national allegiances (Pereira is also eligible to play for Brazil) and is hotly tipped to make a name for himself in the game.
And when speaking to Inside United magazine recently he admitted that the progression of Januzaj is something that spurs him on.
“It's a motivation to see him doing well and doing everything right because you know what you have to do. Adnan took his chance and did extremely well and now he's regularly with the first team. We always go out together socially, with Charni [Ekangamene] as well.”
Whether Pereira can actually follow in his team-mates footsteps remains to be seen - but the fact Januzaj is inspiring the other young players at the club can only be a good thing for the future of Manchester United - especially as current times seem so depressing.