There’s pressure on Andreas Pereira to step up a level this season at United.
Pereira, 23, has just been handed a four-year contract and he was named by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as a potential replacement for Ander Herrera.
We all expected Herrera to have been replaced by now.
Solskjaer’s comments, reported by Teamtalk, had an air of Glazer cost-cutting about them.
“Andy [Pereira] I expect a lot more from, Scotty [McTominay] I expect a lot more from. Those two between them had maybe 15, 20 starts last season.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
“You expect them to have at least 20 each this year, maybe even more. That’s maybe two players into one that can replace Ander [Herrera].”
Pereira, and McTominay, both stepped up against Leeds in yesterday’s 4-0 win.
A half-time substitute, Pereira came out all guns blazing, and took responsibility as one of the senior midfielders.
No longer can he be considered a youngster, his time is now and he has to step up. He seemed to appreciate this.
Pereira was incredibly unlucky not to score, having a goalbound effort tipped over.
He immediately proceeded to deliver an inch-perfect corner onto the obliging head of Phil Jones.
Pereira’s set piece delivery is one of his strengths and could buy him more opportunities this season.
Repeatedly against Leeds in the second half he was the midfielder driving forward, instigating attacks.
A caveat, we have seen Pereira shine in pre-season before, and then fail to show consistency in the regular season. That can be the case no more.
He’s being given a real opportunity and has to grasp it. There is a chance that United don’t end up signing a midfielder at this point.
That’s obviously a risk, but Pereira has the tools to replace Ander Herrera, Solskjaer is right. There are areas of his game that can even be better than the Spaniard.
We will see what happens in the pre-season games to come, but this was a very encouraging performance from Pereira, timed perfectly to back up his boss’ comments.
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