Pereira replaced Memphis Depay from the team that beat Southampton last week and didn’t disappoint, scoring a delightful free-kick in the second half.
The Brazilian was the one to keep an eye on from the start, with his pace and trickery causing problems for Ipswich throughout. He was then given his chance to score his first competitive Man United goal and did so with some style, getting a free-kick up and down over the wall and into the back of the net.
United fans and pundits were pleased with the youngster’s display and it is fair to say they are looking forward to more of the same:
Pereira lively so far for #mufc. One shot against the post (offside) and another cutting in from the left
— Simon Bajkowski (@spbajko) September 23, 2015
Pleased to see Pereira getting his start. Hope to see Wilson and Lingard follow soon.
— KSK (@tipple_tipple) September 23, 2015
— Jonathan Shrager (@JonathanShrager) September 23, 2015
YES! Pereira with a great free kick.. looking very comfortable within the first team 👌
— Aoife 'FIFA' Turner (@AoifeTurner) September 23, 2015
Cracking free-kick from Pereira. Dipped and bent over wall. GK didn't move. 2-0 to Utd with 30mins left
— Paul Hirst (@hirstclass) September 23, 2015
Pereira needs to be integrated into this first team more…talent is clear to see
— Oliver Jones (@United_roadMUFC) September 23, 2015
Despite Louis van Gaal electing not to use a whole host of youth players in the Capital One cup, like he did last year, Pereira was given his opportunity. After hitting the post when flagged offside just two minutes into the game, it was clear the 19-year-old was eager to impress.
The Belgian-born attacker seemed to be at the heart of everything creative United produced and fans were ecstatic to see him score his first goal at the Stretford End. Pereira’s wing play was a joy to watch as he constantly looked to take his man on and brought some much-needed attacking impetus to United’s performance.
The youngster will now hope that he has played himself into van Gaal’s thinking and he sees more playing time between now and the end of the season. With United into the next round of the League Cup, the games will be coming thick and fast and the manager now knows that Pereira is an option he can count on.