Manchester United midfielder Andreas Pereira spoke to ESPN Brasil after the 2-0 loss against Manchester City at Old Trafford on Wednesday night.
Clearly unhappy with the Red Devils’ performance in the derby, the 23-year-old has claimed that the squad should take the game as a ‘lesson’ for the following matches in the Premier League.
“I think we started well, started aggressively,” Andreas Pereira told ESPN Brasil. “In the second half, I think the team got a little bit tired. We could not maintain our focus or concentration. We conceded two goals, unfortunately.
“But I think we have to see this as a lesson for the next game, which is now worth a lot. And we have to focus, it happened what happened today, we have to lift our head and move on.”
Regarding being 6th in the Premier League table, Andreas Pereira says they must beat Chelsea to change things a little.
“Yes, of course, we want to seek the highest possible place. And we want to fight for this Champions League. So we have to focus on Chelsea now, we know it’s going to be difficult, but we have quality in the team. We have to get together, train hard, prepare well to win this game.”
Pereira has also spoken about the recent bad form under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Despite the manager’s great start at the club, the Red Devils have seven defeats in the last nine games, which is quite concerning.
“I think in recent games we were not as lucky as we were being. We are looking for the best, trying to train, we trust our manager 100%, we are together with him. It’s normal, in a big club, everyone is going to talk now that we’ve lost seven games. There’s going to be a lot of pressure.
“But we have 100% confidence in our manager, our staff, so we will focus well for the next game, listen well to what he has to say, and we will try to win the next four games that are coming.”
Against Manchester City, Andreas Pereira managed to have his first start for the team since March 6th, when he was part of the team which beat PSG in France.
However, the midfielder couldn’t have a good performance against the city rivals, been replaced by Romelu Lukaku after 72 minutes.
ESPN Brasil’s broadcast normally has patient comments about Brazilian players, but last night, both Pereira and Fred were heavily criticised for their performances.