Manchester United midfielder Andreas Pereira has stressed he wants to be involved with the first team ‘every week’.
The 22-year-old played 90 minutes against his former loan club Valencia on Wednesday night, when the Reds were disappointingly on the wrong side of a 2-1 scoreline. However, it was the first time the midfielder has played a full match since the opening game of the season against Leicester City.
Speaking after the defeat in Spain, the midfielder said he wants to become a more permanent fixture in Jose Mourinho’s side.
“I’m hungry for more. I’m trying to do my best, to keep being involved in and out, each and every week,” Andreas told MUTV.
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“It was good for me to be involved, to get some minutes. It was difficult at the start because of the match rhythm, but I did my best. It was, unluckily, not our night tonight.
“[I was] a little bit rusty but, after a few minutes, it went better and better. But I think each game would get better and better.”
Pereira spent last season on loan at the Mestalla, making Wednesday an emotional experience for him. The Brazilian also nearly netted for the Reds in the second half, but his long-range strike was well saved by Valencia goalkeeper Jaume Domenech.
United went 2-0 down in the game after Carlos Soler netted and Phil Jones put through his own net, but the Reds responded well late on and found a way back into the game through Marcus Rashford’s header.
“I think we spoke at half-time that we had to come back better and stronger,” added Andreas.
“We just conceded so it’s like a blow-back, but I think we reacted very well in the second half and we were unlucky that we didn’t get a draw.”
It was a disappointing result for the Reds, and had Jose’s men beaten Valencia, we would have finished top of the group and faced a potentially kinder draw, on paper at least, in the last 16.