After back-to-back defeats in the Premier League to Brighton and Tottenham, Manchester United have found some form following wins over Burnley and most recently Watford.
The Red Devils will now be looking to carry that momentum into tonight’s Champions League clash versus Young Boys at the Stade de Suisse stadium in a game that could provide the opportunity for some of the more fringe players in the squad.
And one name who manager Jose Mourinho could look to as he contemplates making changes is Andreas Pereira.
Following loan spells at Valencia and Granada, Pereira is now back at Manchester United as a more experienced player capable of adding more versatility to Mourinho’s squad.
The 22-year-old has already made two Premier League appearances playing in the middle of the park where he impressed and has since go on to win his first international cap for the Brazil national team.
Pereira has spent much of his career so far playing in attacking midfield, but the newly made Brazil international has made it known he is content with playing in central midfield.
“My best position now is as a number six,” Pereira told the National. “I’m thankful that Mr Mourinho gave me these opportunities to show what I can do by letting me play so much in these games. I just want to continue showing him and the staff that I can play here at United.”
And given the fact that Mourinho has struggled to settle on a consistent midfield — be it a midfield two or three — there is definitely room for Pereira to cement a spot in the side.
So far, Pereira has been confident and moved the ball well in contrast to the struggling Fred, and tonight’s game versus Young Boys could provide him with another opportunity to showcase his talents and stake a claim for further first-team starts.