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Brazilian prospect in training with Manchester United, place on US tour?

Could Andreas Pereira be one of the stars of Manchester United's US tour?

Pre-season tours can be the most important time in a season for young players at top clubs, getting a chance to mix with established stars and play first team games.

Just this week, young Swede Kristoffer Peterson scored his first Liverpool goal, while Izzy Brown joined John Terry on the scoresheet for Chelsea.

Manchester United's youngsters are eagerly awaiting news to see which of them will be selected by Louis van Gaal to fly out to the US, with the travelling squad to be announced on Friday.

Last year's star was Jesse Lingard, who scored four goals and then was bizarrely neglected by David Moyes during the course of the season, yet the England under-21 international will hope for the same chance again.

One star who is in with a real shout is Manchester United under-21 star Andreas Pereira, who recently turned his back on Belgium's youth set up, to pledge his international future to Brazil.

Guardian and Observer Manchester football correspondent Jamie Jackson revealed on Twitter yesterday that Pereira took part in manager Louis van Gaal's first training session.

Pereira signed at United from PSV when he was just 15, and only turned 18 in January.

Last season he was a regular for the club's under-21 side, scoring twice in 17 games.

He is an attacking midfielder who was earlier this year compared to Adnan Januzaj by The Mail, and he will certainly be hoping for a similar breakthrough season, under the tutelage of Louis van Gaal.

Pereira may be about to get his biggest breakthrough at the club yet if he is invited on tour to the US, and has a chance to show up many under-pressure first team stars.

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