Andreas Pereira scored a fantastic goal in Manchester United’s most recent pre-season game against Brentford and has his sights set on a more regular role at the club he’s been at since he was 16-years-old. Speaking to TNT Sports, Pereira has spoken about what he has already shown manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and where his best position is.
I’m ready to play, I’m not a boy anymore. I’m a man ready to take responsibility. I’m sure that with playing time and continuity as a starter in my position, I can show what I’ve done on base, I can score more goals and give assists. A player of my position needs the confidence to play and the freedom to be bold on the field.
I’ve always worked for the team. With him [Solskjaer] I’ve played everywhere on the field and I’ve always done my best. He’s known me for many years and knows very well where I can earn more. It’s up to him to give me the freedom to play in my position.
I’m a liaison midfielder, a 10 shirt. I like having the ball in my foot, building the team and having the freedom to create. This is my place on the field.
Pereira claims that he wasn’t just happy to score against Brentford but also justice, in the belief he deserves to be in the squad and in the position to score goals like that. He has revealed that now is the time for him to playing regularly, whether that’s at United or elsewhere.
A feeling of joy, of course, but also of justice. When you have time to show that you are capable of being there, of playing at a high level and scoring goals – which I know I can score. There were two games with at least one hour in the field. And that reflects on performance.
In Manchester or elsewhere, the time has come to play, to have at least an hour per game on the field, to have the confidence to play. I want to be happy, to feel important.
Pereira spent last season on loan in Serie A playing for Lazio, making 33 appearances in all competitions but scoring just one goal. The season before, he had played a more regular role at United, making 40 appearances in all competitions, including 25 in the league.
However, it feels as though it may finally be time for Pereira to make a permanent move away from the club, following three loans spells at Lazio, Valencia and Granada over the years.
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