Manchester United youngster Andreas Pereira hopes Louis van Gaal will give him a new opportunity to "impress" the Old Trafford fans in the Capital One Cup tie against Middlesbrough on Wednesday night (28 October) as he already did in the previous 3-0 victory over Ipswich Town. The Brazilian 19-year-old player scored his first goal for the first-team with a sensational free-kick as he started in attack alongside Wayne Rooney and Juan Mata.
Pereira was rewarded with a late cameo in the Champions League 2-1 win over Wolfsburg just day later but has since being overlooked by the boss – having failed to make a single Premier League appearance in the new campaign.
Van Gaal has included the Brazilian player and as well James Wilson in the squad for the fourth round of the League Cup, but refused to confirm whether the duo will start. The manager, nevertheless, suggested he will make some changes to the side that draw against Manchester City on Sunday (25 October). If Pereira is among the chosen ones to make the line-up, he is determined to replicate his display against Ipswich Town.
"I hope I get another opportunity [on 28 October] and I hope I can show the manager and impress everyone in the stadium and my team-mates," he said to United Review. "If a free-kick appears and you've been practising, you sometimes have a feeling you will score. You feel confident and it's a very good feeling when the ball goes in. I spend a lot of time practising them, but I also try to improve everything, not especially one thing. I practise my free-kicks, my shooting, my dribbling – everything."
The 19-year-old attacking midfielder moved to the Premier League giants academy in 2011 from PSV and has since developed in the youth ranks as one of the next big things to emerge at Old Trafford. He has credited United for overseeing his development, while claiming that he keeps learning every day under van Gaal despite the lack of playing time.
"PSV helped me a lot when I was young and United have helped make me the player I am today," Pereira said. "They gave me everything that I had to learn and I'm learning every day here. At United, they teach me about things off the pitch as well, how to deal with stuff with your family and how to be a man. That part is very important, not just the football side but off the pitch as well. PSV helped me a lot with that, too.
"Of course, it's good to work with the manager here," he added. "He'll bring you into the team if you do well and train well. I have a trust with him and it's a nice feeling to work with someone who will give you the opportunity. If you do something wrong, he will tell you and, if you do something right, he will tell you. He helps you with everything."