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Academy boss Nicky Butt backs Andreas Pereira to shine in Manchester United first-team next season

Andreas Pereira can thrive in Manchester United’s first-team next season, according to Academy boss Nicky Butt.

The Belgium-born Brazilian midfielder made 22 appearances this season – including six Premier League starts – after previously spending time on loan at Granada and Valencia.

Pereira also picked up Goal of the Season for his stunning strike against Southampton and Butt expects to see more of the 23-year-old now he has settled.

Butt told Inside United: ‘Andreas has done well. He’s a really good footballer.

‘He’s technically very gifted, he’s a brave, tough boy and can run all day. He is fitter than probably anyone on the pitch. He needs to get into the rhythm and get more confident as time goes on.

‘He needs to do the things he was doing naturally in the Under-23s and Under-19s. When you get into the first team – I remember when I went in – you don’t do the things you would do in the Reserves and youth team.

‘You get away with it in the youth team – if you give the ball away trying to hit an unbelievable cross, you’re not giving it to, say, Sergio Aguero, who is going to run through freely and score the goal that knocks you out of the cup.

‘It’s not the be all and end all like it is in the first team, so you have to tread carefully.

‘When you get in the team regularly, then you can express yourself more. Scott McTominay has done that and I think Andreas will soon too because he’s a top talent.’

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