It’s been a hugely exciting time for United fans this Summer as the likes of Memphis Depay, Morgan Schneiderlin, Matteo Darmian and a certain German legend have all joined the club with plenty of transfer window to spare.
One of the hardest parts of the Summer so far is not to get too carried away and start banging money on United to win the title while booking the Champions League final week off work. All of the top English teams have strengthened – although arguably none to the extent the Reds have – and it won’t just be the new signings that have a say in success over the next ten months.
While Chelsea are praised to ridiculous levels for giving Ruben Loftus-Cheek a few games as though Jose Mourinho has somehow built his side around a host of academy players- a youngster being given a chance at United barely registers a whimper in the press such is it’s regularity. United fans are used to seeing young players come through the ranks from the Busby Babes, Fergie’s Fledgings, even David Moyes saw the validity of putting his trust in Adnan Januzaj. Louis Van Gaal is no different from his predecessors and caused a stir last season handing Tyler Blackett, Paddy McNair and James Wilson first team opportunities.
This pre-season the manager has continued in his ‘giving youth a chance’ vein and the latest youngster handed a chance against Club America certainly had United fans buzzing about his performance.
Andreas Pereira may have only played 45 minutes in Seattle but he more than held his own and in many ways outshone the Reds’ Summer signings making their debuts. Yes, Bastian Schweinsteiger was classy, Darmian looked assured, Depay lively and Schneiderlin got his goal but Pereira was the name on most people’s tweets. It’s easy to get carried away when a 19 year-old Belgian- born Brazilian wows the crowds and while we all want to err on the side of caution, if Van Gaal gives Pereira the chance maybe the young midfielder can make the sort of impact he’s been threatening to do the past few years.