Cape Town - Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has thrown a protective arm
around Andreas Pereira after some of his recent displays for Manchester United
The Old Trafford midfielder was handed a new four-year deal
in the summer and his manager is being true to his word by giving the
23-year-old a platform to impress this season.
Unfortunately, Pereira has cut a frustrated figure in the
last few matches, and some fans could even be heard getting on his back during
Monday night’s 1-1 draw with Arsenal at Old Trafford.
He was eventually subbed off after 74 minutes against the
Gunners but is likely be involved again on Thursday in United’s Europa League
tie away to Eredivisie side AZ Alkmaar.
The Belgium-born Brazil international has started five of
United’s seven Premier League games but has struggled in supplying the bullets
for the Red Devils’ faltering frontline.
Club insiders insist the player is still being backed to
come good under Solskjaer - the Norwegian recently held a private chat with
Pereira to discuss his wider responsibilities in the team - and he will be
given plenty more opportunities in the coming weeks and months.
Ander Herrera’s decision to run down his contract during the
summer and join Paris Saint-Germain has clearly had an impact on the midfield
options at the Theatre of Dreams.
Solskjaer has been forced to play Pereira alongside fellow
youngster Scott McTominay, without much of a rest, owing to recent injuries
suffered to Paul Pogba and winger Antony Martial.
Pereira, who has had previous loan spells at Granada and
Valencia, is determined to grab his main United chance now it has finally arrived,
and he will want to repay his manager’s faith in the process.
The 23-year-old has now made 42 first-team appearances for
United, scoring twice, but has yet to find the back of the net this season.
- TeamTalk Media