The 20-year-old has made eight appearances for Man United this season and even scored on his full debut against Ipswich Town in September.
He has been included in the Dutchman’s match-day squads but has only made two late substitute showings since the start of the term.
Speaking to ManUtd.com he insisted he’s excited to be playing with the Under-21s and is willing to keep working hard.
“It’s been good,” Pereira told ManUtd.com.
“I’ve been on the bench for all of the games. Hopefully, I’ll be getting more and more chances to show what I can do. I hope I can kick on and get more minutes and show the manager, the crowd and my team-mates what I can do to help the team to win.
“I am very excited. I have to be patient and keep working hard, like I do. I’ll keep going and enjoying my football.”
Pereira has been playing a lot with the U21s but he is not seeing it as a negative thing and instead looks on it as a positive experience.
He added: “Playing with the Under-21s only helps you get match fitness and you have to play well if you want to get into the first team.
“It’s not like a weird thing when you play for the Under-21s. You know everyone here around you and it feels like family. It really is a family club and, when you play for the Under-21s, it doesn’t feel like a weird environment at all. You know everyone, you know Warren [Joyce] and you know the players, so it’s really good.”
Anybody who has seen Pereira play with the U21s this year knows he is far too good for that level of football but it’s just a shame for him right now that van Gaal is overlooking him.
Unfortunately for Pereira, the likes of Ander Herrera are definitely ahead of him in the pecking order but all he can do is work hard in training, impress with the U21s and keep plugging away. If he can continue to do that, then chances will come.
I expect to see him get an opportunity or two in the next few weeks with our Europa League and FA Cup games coming up, so I’m excited to see what he can do there because he’s a top talent, there’s no doubt about that.