Andreas Pereira heaps praise on United's goalscoring defender

One of Manchester United's highly-rated youngsters was pleased to see Chris Smalling score two goals against Burnley last night.

Given their position on the football pitch, it's not very often that defenders get to hear their name called out over the stadium tannoy after hitting the back of the net.

However, last night, in Manchester United's 3-1 win over Burnley, Chris Smalling was an exception as he managed to get his name on the scoresheet not once, but twice.

The 25-year-old didn't start the match but came on after five minutes to replace the injury-plagued Phil Jones. Smalling made an instant impact, rising highest in the sixth minute to meet Radamel Falcao's cross-goal header and scoring with his first touch.

His second just before half-time came in similar fashion, a perfect cross from Angel di Maria was again met by the head of Smalling and he thundered another effort home.

Highly-regarded United youngster Andreas Pereira was full of praise for his teammate and posted the following tweet onto his official Twitter account this morning:

Pereira, aged just 19, has been on the books at United for four years since joining from PSV Eindhoven in November 2011.

He is considered by some to be the next player that will breakthrough from the United youth ranks into the first team, but his chances have been limited so far this season.

The Belgium-born, Brazil youth international featured in the dismal 4-0 drubbing to MK Dons earlier this season, and has been an unused substitute in five Premier League fixtures, the last of which came in the 0-0 draw at Tottenham Hotspur just before New Year.

Pereira is out of contract in the summer and given his lack of first team action this season, some are rightly worried that they might see another Pogba-esque situation occur where another wonderkid ends up leaving the club for nothing.

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