Wayne Rooney’s proposed replacement sends message Jose Mourinho ahead of EPL kick-off

Going into the next season, Manchester United have made a statement of intent by signing the likes of Romelu Lukaku and Nemanja Matic already, but that is not getting in the way of youngster Andreas Pereira who is looking to stake a claim to a first team spot next season.

The 21-year- old spent last season on loan at Granada, but has returned to the squad where he is apparently considered as the next set of youngsters set to break into the first team.  Dubbed as the next Wayne Rooney, Jose Mourinho has utilised him in the central midfield role during pre-season games, suggesting the Brazilian has a role to play in his team.

The signing of Matic has made Pereira’s progress more daunting, but he is rather not fazed even though it means he will become the next utility man for the club.

“I’ve come back and I feel calm, I feel stronger mentally and physically. I can play as a midfielder, as a winger, as a holding midfielder. I’ll play wherever the manager plays me but my best position is as a (central) No. 6, eight or 10.

“The manager just tells me to play my football and continue doing what I’m doing” Pereira said. “I will do whatever he tells me to do.”

Of course Pereira is equal to the task, if he manages to stay fit and focus. For a player who Sir Alex Ferguson took pains to visit his parents, in a bid to convince the then 15-year- old to choose United amongst interest from Arsenal and Chelsea.

Perreira has had his fair share of success already, having been voted the United's under-21 player of
the year for 2014–15.

Meanwhile the likes of Scott McTominay, Demetri Mitchell are also tipped for greatness at Old Trafford in the near future