Andreas Pereira determined to earn gametime with Manchester United

  • 3 January 2019

Brazilian midfielder Andreas Pereira has revealed his ambition of earning regular gametime with Manchester United after featuring during their recent 2-1 Champions League defeat at Valencia. The 22-year-old has endured a tough season under Jose Mourinho where he has been left out of the matchday squad on numerous occasions but he managed to earn a rare opportunity against Los Che in midweek.

Speaking after the game, Pereira said that he is hungry for more chances from the starting XI despite not producing the best of performances at the Mestalla, he told MUTV: “I'm hungry for more. I'm trying to do my best, to keep being involved in and out, each and every week. It was good for me to be involved, to get some minutes. It was difficult at the start because of the match rhythm, but I did my best. It was, unluckily, not our night tonight [Wednesday]. [I was] a little bit rusty but, after a few minutes,
it went better and better. I think each game would get better and better.”

“Pereira was one of the standout performers for United during pre-season “and this earned him starts for the opening two Premier League matches. However, he has thereafter dropped down the pecking order with Mourinho banking on the experience of Nemanja Matic in the holding midfield role and that could remain the case for “the forthcoming Premier League“ clash after the Serbian was rested for the Valencia trip.

United are currently only sixth on the table with 26 points on the board and their aim for the season could lie on catching up with the top-four positions. They are currently eight points behind fourth-placed Chelsea in the standings and they face a stiff challenge of maintaining or closing down the gap this weekend where they are scheduled to tackle high-flying Liverpool on the road.