Andreas Pereira: Cristiano Ronaldo told me to ‘be relentless’ at Manchester United

by Sam Koster

Andreas Pereira has revealed that Cristiano Ronaldo told him to ‘be relentless’ if he is to succeed at Manchester United.

The 19-year-old Brazilian is one of the finest prospects that Man United has produced in some time, and he has justified his reputation with a number of glowing performances off the bench at points this season.

Despite speculation linking him with a move to French giants Paris Saint-Germain, Pereira signed a new three-year-contract last season, with Louis van Gaal insisting that the youngster has “all the attributes to become an integral part of the first-team.”

Speaking about his development at the club, Pereira insisted that he is determined to fight for his place at United.

He said: “My goal is to stay here, to try and win my place at United. But if I happen to have the option to go out on loan and do what Januzaj is doing and gain experience in another team, no problem, I will. I’m working hard, giving my best. I’m waiting for the right moment. I have to be patient.

“United are a massive club and to be part of it is an honour. The Premier League is very competitive, the English are very passionate about football. It’s a challenge to be here, and today I am more adapted to the style. My background is in Dutch football. Between ourselves [he and Van Gaal] we speak Dutch. I think it helps. But I’m a fighter and he maybe he likes that profile.

When asked about his friendships inside United, Pereira added: “I get along with people in general. I am friends with Juan Mata and Ander Herrera. I was also very close with [Radamel] Falcao.

“I’m a Cristiano Ronaldo fan and once I got to talk to him. He told me to grow in Manchester, to train very hard, to be relentless. That was the advice he gave me. Training every day, sometimes even on days off. Manchester is a difficult city to adapt to. It rains a lot, it’s cold. In the Netherlands it also did, but it’s different. The food is also complicated. But my mother is now living here, and that helps a lot.”

It is pleasing to hear of Pereira’s determination to succeed at a club where so many other youngsters have failed to make the grade, and advice from the likes of Ronaldo should stand the him in good stead for achieving his dream in the future.

On a personal note, Pereira’s mother moving to Manchester should hopefully help what has at times been a tough transition for the 19-year-old. However, van Gaal’s record with young players in the past such as Andres Iniesta, Clarence Seedorf and Gerard Pique means that Pereira is at the right place to succeed.

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