Man Utd Belgian contingent look to Januzaj for inspiration
Manchester United youngsters Andreas Pereira and Charni Ekangamene are hoping to become regular first teamers like Belgian countryman Adnan Januzaj. Pereira was one of four Belgians to feature in the United reserves' title win last season, before earning the best player award in the Milk Cup.
"I'm hoping to finish this season in the reserve squad, but you never know what happens," the 17 year old told Het Laatste Nieuws.
"Next year I would like to join the first-team squad in pre-season. That's my objective. If I succeed in it, I'll be happy.
"2013 was a good year for me. I'm performing above expectations as I already got promoted to the Under 21 squad."
Attacking midfielder Pereira was quick to dismiss comparisons with Januzaj.
"Some already compare me to my countryman Adnan Januzaj," he added.
Meanwhile, fellow reserve-team midfielder Ekangamene was asked to prepare for United's trip to Villa Park.
"Two weeks ago I got a message that I had to be ready," he explained in Gazet van Antwerpen.
"They expected me in the players' hotel for the game against Aston Villa. Phil Neville called me and confirmed I was part of the squad.
"Finally, I wasn't on the bench, but it was still a positive experience."
"I had a difficult few months when I joined, but the transfer of Januzaj, a year later, did me well," he added. "We are friends.
"All the stars in the team know me. We eat together and make jokes.
"In the club they compare my playing style with that of Claude Makelele. I'm technically strong, but don't hesitate to kick a ball in the stands, if needed."
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