What it meant to score at the Stretford End
Andreas Pereira was a happy man after scoring his first Premier League goal in the 3-2 victory over Southampton at Old Trafford.
The 23-year-old also provided an assist for one of Romelu Lukaku’s strikes and was praised by caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who feels he has found the right position for the Academy graduate, in a more advanced role than the no.6. With Paul Pogba suspended for the Paris Saint-Germain tie in the Champions League on Wednesday, there could be further opportunities for Andreas, who is pleased to have the trust of Solskjaer.
”It’s my best day,” he told MUTV afterwards. "My first Premier League goal, and in a difficult game, so I’m very happy. “There were a lot of beautiful goals, I think it was a difficult day for the goalkeepers. “When I received the ball, I saw Luke [Shaw] coming on my left and I was going to give him the ball but it was so nicely on my right foot, I thought I would shoot. I’d been practicing in training yesterday with Granty [Lee Grant] and it gave me a lot of confidence as I put four in the top corner from exactly the same range. So, today, I had a good feeling and I went for it. “It’s amazing [to score a goal like that at the Stretford End]. You feel a lot of emotions and I’m very happy and hopefully there will be many more to come.”
Andreas is one of the Academy talents who have risen through the ranks at the club and are enjoying performing on the big stage. Tahith Chong came on for his Premier League debut towards the end and youth remains a key part of the culture at United. ”It’s a very important win for us,” he added. “We showed big spirit and, hopefully now, we can take it on to Wednesday and show it again. “It’s special because we came along together and we all know each other well. Paul [Pogba], Jesse [Lingard] and Marcus [Rashford] too [as well as Scott McTominay and Chong]. So it’s like a big, big family and that’s why a game is never finished when we’re playing because we stick together and that makes us very strong.”
Andreas Pereira tries to burst forward with the ball against Southampton.
"I’m just here to help the team and hopefully I can keep helping. The manager shows a lot of trust in me and I’m very thankful for that. I just want to do all I can on the pitch. "We’re back in the top four and hopefully we can keep going and get the Champions League spot." Reading this in our app? If not, you might miss some exclusive features not found on ManUtd.com. Download the Official App here.