Andreas Pereira has made the bold claim that he could be the new David Beckham for Manchester United.
The 23-year-old, who came through the United Academy, enjoyed a breakthrough 2018-19 campaign and has made 35 first-team appearances.
After beginning the campaign on the fringes of selection under Jose Mourinho, he was given a run in the side in the second half of the season by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
The Brazilian put pen to paper on a new four-year deal earlier in the month, and he believes that this is just the start.
The midfielder told Four Four Two: “Last season I had some difficulties to overcome mentally.
“I was doing well, then I had a setback where I was out of the team. Then Ole gave me a chance, he spoke to me and explained that I was in his plans.
“I learned a lot, I’m ready to step up, I feel confident and the manager feels confident in me. Mentally and physically, I feel stronger each year.
“It’s my time to step up. I’m ready. As a No 8 or a No 10. I can play on the right-wing like Becks used to play, cut inside and get the early cross in. I have a lot to show.”
On last season, he added: “We felt like we were fading away, the training was not as sharp as it had been.
“There was a lack of concentration. We had a very bad feeling after the last game last season [a home defeat to relegated Cardiff].
“This season, when we started pre-season, we spoke with the manager. The training sessions are sharper; we have the new young players too.
“We know what we did wrong and we know what we have to do to improve.”
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