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Andreas Pereira “ready” to be Man Utd’s new David Beckham

By Steve Jennings

Published: 10:26, 24 July 2019

Andreas Pereira has said he is “ready” to step up and play more regularly for Manchester United this season.

The midfielder was in and out of the team last year but believes he can replicate David Beckham on United’s right wing if given the opportunity to do so.

Andreas Pereira in 2018/19: five key things to know…

  • Pereira spent the 2017/18 season at Valencia, returning to United last summer.
  • He made 22 appearances across all competitions last term, scoring one goal and registering one assist.
  • The Brazil international barely featured under Jose Mourinho but was given more of a chance by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
  • His solitary goal and assist came in a 3-2 league victory over Southampton at Old Trafford.
  • Pereira believes he will play a more prominent role in 2019/20.

Having only made one appearance for the Brazil national team, Pereira knows 2019/20 could be a big season for his chances of becoming a regular for club and country.

Speaking to FourFourTwo, the 23-year-old insisted he is confident of making a step up this term.

“Last season I had some difficulties to overcome mentally,” Pereira said. “I was doing well, then I had a setback where I was out of the team. Then Ole gave me a chance, he spoke to me and explained that I was in his plans.

“I learned a lot, I’m ready to step up, I feel confident and the manager feels confident in me. Mentally and physically, I feel stronger each year.

“It’s my time to step up. I’m ready. As a No.8 or a No.10. I can play on the right wing like Becks used to play, cut inside and get the early cross in. I have a lot to show.”

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Pereira explains Man Utd’s end-of-season collapse

United failed to win any of their last five Premier League games last season, consigning them to a sixth-place finish.

Pereira has attempted to explain his team’s demise, admitting conversations were held among the squad after the final day defeat to Cardiff City.

He said: “We felt like we were fading away, the training was not as sharp as it had been.

“There was a lack of concentration. We had a very bad feeling after the last game last season. 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.”