Andreas: We can repeat Chelsea cup success
Andreas Pereira insists Manchester United can repeat our Emirates FA Cup win at Chelsea last season when we travel to Stamford Bridge for the fourth-round Carabao Cup clash next month.
The Reds’ reward for a nerve-jangling 5-3 penalty shoot-out triumph against Rochdale in the third round at Old Trafford is a visit to Frank Lampard’s side in London.
United were level with Rochdale in the Old Trafford tie, 1-1 after 90 minutes, but Sergio Romero’s save against Jimmy Keohane helped clinch victory.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men opened this season with a 4-0 Premier League win in the first game of the campaign and, last February, the boss engineered a 2-0 win at Stamford Bridge in the fifth round of the FA Cup.
Goals from Ander Herrera and Paul Pogba saw United through and Andreas is convinced it is not beyond United to take another step towards Wembley.
“It’s a good game, a tough game [against Chelsea]. We’ll prepare for it and try to win the game,” he told MUTV.
“It can be done. I think we have to aim [to go] all the way and we have to take every game step by step. Of course, we’re in it to win it.
“We’ll prepare for the game but, better still, now we have to focus for the next game against Arsenal [next Monday night at Old Trafford].
United struggled to convert our chances before getting over the line against League One side Rochdale.
“We were comfortable on the ball, we were on the ball most of the time of the game,” said the midfielder.
“We couldn’t find really the pass through and finish the chances off but we had a lot of shots and a lot of finishes. We were a bit unlucky in that.
“I think, after we scored, the first goal we stopped. We have to push more and try to get the second goal and the third one.
“We woke up after the 1-1 and then got a lot of chances but we didn’t get the goal.”
Mason Greenwood looked like he’d repeated his matchwinner against Astana in the Europa League, when he struck in the 68th minute only to have his goal equalised by Luke Matheson eight minutes later.
“It was a good strike by Mason, he’s there to score goals and that’s what he does,” said Andreas, who also found the net in front of the Stretford End during the shoot-out.
“It’s a good feeling, I had the feeling like I was, for sure, going to score,” he said.
“The Stretford End just sucked the ball in, so it was a good feeling. It’s a long walk to the spot but, no, I’m sure everyone wanted me to score and I had the feeling as well.
United had seven Academy products in the second half XI against Dale when 19-year-old full back Brandon Williams came on as a half-time substitute for his first senior appearance.
“He did really well,
“ added Amdreas. ”I was very impressed with him. He showed he has quality and can play with us. I’m very happy for him and hopefully he can enjoy tonight.
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