EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEWS

25/03/2014 17:12, Report by Adam Marshall
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Pereira making progress

Andreas Pereira arrived at Manchester United from PSV Eindhoven with a big reputation and has progressed through the ranks to become a recent regular in Warren Joyce's Under-21s team.

In his first in-depth interview, the promising midfielder discusses his path to Manchester and his Old Trafford ambitions...

How did the move to United come about?
It all started after the Nike Premier Cup tournament at Carrington [the Aon Training Complex]. After that, I knew United were interested and I admit I just couldn't believe it. After a while, we came to visit here at the training ground and all the facilities. It was a special moment for me.

Have you always played in the same position and taken charge at dead-ball situations?
I came here as an attacking midfielder - I'm often a no.10 but can play the no.8 role as well. I work every day on set pieces. I've scored a few free-kicks so doing that can pay off.

Did you get to meet Sir Alex Ferguson before signing?
Just a few words when I came in. He said 'Hi and welcome' which was nice, coming from somebody like him.

Unfortunately, you had to wait for clearance to play and then your debut against Sheffield Wednesday was abandoned...
I had to wait three or four months for my clearance, yes. I was actually training when they said I could play so I went on the bus to Sheffield. When we got there, it was raining so hard that, after about half an hour, they had to stop the game.

How did you find that first year at Academy level?
Overall it went well. I had a few games and was playing well. The team did okay as well but I couldn't play in the FA Youth Cup because, unfortunately, we'd been knocked out in the third round by Burnley.

Last summer, you captained the team to Milk Cup glory in Northern Ireland - what did you learn from that experience?

It was good because we won the tournament and I was voted the best player as well. It's maybe better to win a trophy like we did, with a last-minute goal, rather than have an easy win in the final. I think I was the oldest player so I was made captain too. I trained with the Reserves for the

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