Andreas Pereira is confident that he can be like the United icon, David Beckham, despite struggling to nail down a starting spot in the squad.
The Brazilian recently signed a new contract extension at Manchester United and is already looking forward to the new season.
The 23-year-old did have successful loan spells at both Granada and Valencia and he showed glimpses of his ability last season, with his curler against Southampton at Old Trafford an important highlight.
“It’s my time to step up,” the Brazilian told Andy Mitten of FourFourTwo. “As a number 8 or number 10. I can play on the right wing like Becks [David Beckham] used to play, cut inside and get the early cross in. I have a lot to show.”
It is unlikely though that Ole Gunnar Solskjær will deploy him in the right wing position despite his good crossing ability as he lacks the pace to suit the manager’s fast counter-attacking style.
The Reds are preparing for another season without Champions League football and Ole has laid emphasis on high intensity and pressing style as he looks to return Manchester United to being a force to reckon with among European elites.
Pereira, like every other player, is expected to buckle up ahead of the new season to face the task and the playmaker is confident that they know “what to do to improve”, after enduring a dismal run to the end of what appears to be a promising season under the Norwegian boss.
“We felt like we were fading away,” admitted Pereira. “There was a lack of concentration. We had a very bad feeling after the last game last season [a 2-0 loss to relegated Cardiff at Old Trafford].”
“This season, when we started pre-season, we spoke with the manager. The training sessions are sharper. We have the new young players too.”
“We know what we did wrong and we know what we have to do to improve.”
A host of midfielders, including Bruno Fernandes and Sean Longstaff are persistently linked with Manchester United and Andreas Pereira will hope his performance in pre-season will be enough to convince Ole Gunnar Solskjær that he deserves a chance to prove himself on the Premier League.