Andreas Pereira targeting first-team place at Manchester United

The youngster made his Premier League debut in March against Tottenham Hotspur and is targeting more of the same in the future.

Andreas Pereira has told the club’s official website he is targeting a first-team place at Manchester United.

The midfielder recently signed a new deal at the club and is currently away at the Under-20 World Cup with Brazil, who are set to face Uruguay in the last 16 of that competition.

And while he is keen to be successful with his country this summer, that is just a short-term aim. Long-term, he says he has his eyes firmly fixed on a first-team place at United in the coming years.

"It's about breaking into the first-team squad," he said.

"After that, I have to work hard to get into the first team and, following that, we will see. I can continue my form like this and do well here in the coming years. I’m very proud to be a Manchester United player.”

Manager Louis Van Gaal handed the 19-year-old his Premier League debut back in March against Tottenham, having made his senior bow for the club as a substitute in the Capital One Cup defeat to MK Dons earlier in the season.

It was surprise decision by the Dutchman, and the Belgium-born youngster admits he was a little taken aback when stepping off the bench against Spurs. It was, however, a 'dream come true' for the teenager, while the subsequent 3-0 victory made the experience all the more sweeter for him.

"It was like a dream come true," he added.

"I was very happy with the moment against Tottenham when I could come on and we won the game as well – that was important. I felt like I was playing a video game.”

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