How Andreas Pereira Found Himself Scoring At The Stretford End

On his maiden start for the club, 19-year-old Andreas Pereira found himself stood over a free-kick just 19 yards out, with Juan Mata stood next to him.

To everyone’s surprise, the Spaniard ran over the ball, allowing Pereira to curl the ball around the wall with Ipswich goalkeeper Bartosz Bialkowski rooted to the spot.

United boss Louis van Gaal named an experienced side to face the Mick McCarthy’s Championship side, including David de Gea, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Wayne Rooney.


The Brazilian youngster was the surprise inclusion, playing on the left of an attacking three behind captain Wayne Rooney.

Pereira revealed that Juan Mata let him take it, after they had been practicing in training and Mata was impressed with the teenager’s ability.

“I asked Juan for the ball,” said the 19-year-old.

“He gave me the ball because we had been practising and he trusted me. I’m very happy he did!

“It’s a relief now that all the work I have done that I’m playing in the first team.

“We won the game tonight, I’m very happy. I just want to keep working harder and harder and do more in the future.”

Louis van Gaal was very impressed with Pereira’s “big participation” in the game, which also saw him hit the post in just the second minute, although he had been flagged offside.

The Brazilian’s efforts in the game may have been enough to earn him a place in the starting eleven against a struggling Sunderland this weekend, should van Gaal opt to rest one of his more favoured choices.

Pereira has played at Old Trafford for years, coming through the youth ranks, but revealed that scoring at the Stretford End for the first team was “an incredible feeling.”

Very happy with the win and my first official goal ! Hopefully many more to follow ! @manchesterunited

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