‘Pre-Season Pirlo’ Andreas Pereira Shines for Manchester United Against Brentford

Published 07/29/2021, 3:47 AM EDT


Andreas Pereira stepped in pre-season again as he scored one of the best goals he’ll ever score in a pre-season game against newly promoted Premier League side Brentford. The match was played out in front of a crowd of 30,000 fans at Old Trafford.

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Pereira’s goal gave United the lead after Shandon Baptiste canceled out Anthony Elanga’s opener for United. However, the red devils couldn’t hold on to the lead as Bryan Mbuemo scored in the 78th minute to secure a draw for Brentford.

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Pereira scored an outrageous volley that put an exclamation mark on a brilliant performance. He passed the ball relatively well and dropped deep in the CDM role pretty well. However, it’s highly unlikely that he would continue at Manchester United next season.

United fielded many fringe players, with RB Aaron Wan-Bissaka and forward Mason Greenwood being the only two players who were consistently starting for Manchester United in the Premier League. However, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer also started Jesse Lingard, who had an amazing time on loan at West Ham.

With the signings of Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane, United is primed to battle for the Premier League title this season. A deep run in the UEFA Champions League is also a possibility, but they will need to sign one or two more players to have a chance for winning the entire thing.

Is Andreas Pereira heading out of Manchester United?

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‘Pre-season Pirlo’s’ heroics last night reminded fans of what the Brazilian player possesses in his locker. However, he has never proved himself when it counts and hence spent the last season on loan at Lazio. He’s still relatively young and wants some game time to establish himself as a starter.

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This is not a real possibility at United, where Bruno Fernandes, Jesse Lingard, and Donny van de Beek all start over him in the CAM position. However, a move back to an Italian club might work out for all parties. He has talked about going back to Lazio, and it’ll be interesting to see what the future holds for him.

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Aniket Awasthi

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Aniket Awasthi is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. This STEM undergraduate combines an insatiable urge to write with his admiration for MMA and the UFC in general to enhance his journalism. He calls charismatic names like Chael Sonnen and 'The Count' Michael Bisping as his favorite fighters, but he is a great admirer of the rise of Israel Adesanya ever since he fought Rob Wilkinson at UFC 221.

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