What Andreas thinks about Saints away
In our exclusive interview, Andreas Pereira provides an insight into the dressing room ahead of Saturday's big game...
Andreas, how do you assess the first three games of the season? “We’ve played some really good football and showed what we’re about. We were a bit unlucky with the results in the second and third games I think, but we have to keep going, keep doing the things we are doing and keep believing. In the second and third game we didn’t get the result we wanted and that we deserved, because we had a lot of shots and a lot of possession, but sometimes you have to get the details right. It’s just a few things you need to get right and the goals will come. We have to keep calm and the results will come for sure.” There were a lot of chances missed against Wolves and Crystal Palace, in particular against Palace we were incredibly unlucky to lose that game considering the effort you put in to get level… “Yeah, it was very frustrating because we got in back to 1-1 and then to give it away in the last second it hurts even more than just losing 1-0. We are working on it and I’m sure the results will come.” For you personally, you’re very much in that first-team squad now, aren’t you? You’ve got the confidence of the manager and his staff now, how much does it help you? “It helps me a lot. I’m very confident and I’m feeling stronger and fitter than ever in training and in games. The first game that I played I felt very confident and I was very happy that I could help with the assist in the win. I’m just ready to go again wherever the manager puts me.” You mention the fitness and you’re feeling strong. How much is that down to the really good pre-season you had? “The pre-season was the main thing for us. We worked very hard and as a team, we prepared ourselves to get control of the games and be on top of the opponents.” Up next it’s Southampton, and immediately we think of your wonder goal against them. That goal is going to be in your mind forever isn’t it? “It was a real special strike and my highlight until now at United. Hopefully I can score a lot more goals, but yes that will always stay in my mind.” Southampton have proven time and time again that they’re a very difficult side to beat… “They had a very tough game earlier this season against Liverpool and they showed they are not a team that you can just dominate against and win the game, they’re going to have a go against us and they’re ground it’s going to be a difficult game. But we need to show that the two games we played, we have to learn from them and to keep the details right and we should get the right result.” It’s an important game to win and get points on the board because it’s such a competitive Premier League season… “Yeah, every team is picking up points and every team has got better. I think that we have to show we’ve got better as well.” After that it’s an international break and no one wants to go into that with a loss, so how vital is it that we get a positive result? “It’s very important. We really want to get a win because it’s a very long week ahead. But the players and the manager will work together to get the win.”