Man Utd youth Andreas Pereira helps Brazil into U-20 World Cup semis

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The young Manchester United star is playing his part in Brazil's march towards the Under-20 World Cup trophy.

Skilful Manchester United starlet Andreas Pereira only signed an extended deal at Old Trafford last month, keeping him at the club until 2019, but they might be grateful for such a long contract for their reigning Under-21 Player of the Season, as he helps his nation edge towards glory in New Zealand. 

It has been a mixed tournament for the Belgian born attacking midfielder, as he started the first game of the World Cup, the 4-2 win against Nigeria, but has then mostly been used from the bench by the South American team.

An undoubted highlight was a late penalty winner in the 2-1 game against Hungary which secured their path to the knockout stages, but in that game, and all the other matches, he has come on from the bench at some stage.

However, that penalty skill has been put to use by the Brazilians, and the 19-year-old has scored the first spot kick for Brazil in both the shoot-out against Uruguay in the knockout round, and then on Sunday as the Samba stars knocked out Portugal in the quarter finals.

The fact Pereira has been coming off the bench but taking the first penalty in the two shoot-outs indicates that he is both a superb set-piece taker, and a youngster that is certainly not lacking confidence.

Pereirea only played for Brazil in recent months, after coming through the Belgian youth setup. He made his United debut this season in the League Cup loss to Milton Keynes, but made his league bow in much happier surroundings as United beat Spurs 3-0 at Old Trafford.

And if the Brazilians keep their form up, with a semi-final against surprise package Senegal next up on Wednesday, United might very well have a youth World Cup winner in their midst.

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