Andreas Pereira is heading into Thursday night’s game against FC Midtjylland with a real focus and confidence after a confident win over Shrewsbury Town.
Pereira came off the bench in that game and earned plaudits for what was a very accomplished performance and is keen to replicate that same game plan in the upcoming games with FC Midtjylland and Arsenal over the next four days.
Speaking to ManUtd.com, Pereira called for calm despite the win and encouraged United to make sure this week brought a hat-trick of wins.
“I’m really happy that we’re through to the next round, it was a good team performance and we scored some good goals, so it was a good result for us,” he said.
“It’s a big result for our confidence, as well. After going to Midtjylland and losing there last week, this will help to pick the team up. We needed a big performance and that’s what we gave on Monday night.
“Of course, it’s great for us that we’re one game from Wembley [in the FA Cup semi-finals]. Hopefully we can go far in this competition and eventually win it. Winning a trophy would not only be important for me, but also for the team, the fans and everyone at the club.
“I think we have to stay calm though as it’s still a big week with games against Midtjylland and Arsenal. We have to make sure we play well again in the next game. We have to focus against Midtjylland. It’s a really important week for us, and hopefully we can make it three wins from three games by Sunday.”
Pereira was in training this week ahead of Thursday’s game with Midtjylland and will no doubt be hoping he can earn himself a rare start in what is a very crucial game for the club:
Pereira has deserved an opportunity for some time now but hasn’t had too many so far. That can all change of course and tonight is a real chance for him to make a statement with a performance because it’s such an important game for United which we simply must win.
I’ve been a fan of Pereira and think he’s come on a long way in the last two years from a player who would frequently go missing in an U21s game to someone who is more than capable of impacting results for the first-team. When he does get his chance to shine, he’ll have to make the most of it and he’ll know that.