MANCHESTER The young Andreas Pereira was so impressive against Leicester City that some fans remained to pray to keep Nemanja Matic injured from the side.
The 22-year-old Brazilian has finally started his first Premier League game against the foxes, about six and a half years after being switched from PSV Eindhoven.
Reuters Andreas Pereira saw fans of Man Utd purring with his performance against LeicesterPereira was one of the few brilliant points in the pre-season of United and maintained that form going to the opening of Prem against Claude Puel's team.
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His performance in midfield has been so good, in fact, that has led to enthusiastic reviews from the fans, with a little hope that keeps Jose Mourinho favored Matic on the bench.
A tweet read: "Love the midfield of Pogba, Pereira, Fred! Praying Matic is not part of the team when he is in shape".
Another said: "We are mainly missing three players: Matic, Lukaku and Valencia, and the only one we do not miss is Matic, all thanks to Pereira."
News Group Ltdpapers Some fans of Trafford Old have been left to hope that Pereira will keep Nemanja Matic on the bench
I love Pogba, pereira, Fred midfielder! Praying matic is not part of the team when it is in shape 🙄 #MUFC– Bradley Pinnick (@ BradPinnick1993) 10 August 2018
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Another spectator wrote: "Matic will have a job back in midfield on Pereira and Fred. McTominay could also pack up."
Another United fan has posted: "Pereira moves the ball better than Matic, no useless touch."
One wrote: "Andreas Pereira is better than Matic".
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And even those who seemed to recognize that Mourinho would stay with Matic did so with a hint of regret.
A tweet read: "Mourinho trusts Matic even though when he is back in shape he will immediately return to that team, so unfortunately Pereira will fall".
Getty – Collaborator Jose Mourinho was delighted by Pereira's performance. Another Red Devils fan said: "Once Matic is back, it will be a favorite, and with Fred and Pogba managing the midfield, Pereira could be sadly stacked."
A supporter of a colleague tweeted: "Paul Pogba was the best player on the pitch, but he hopes that Pereira will get the man of the prize because he was so good, I wonder if Matic will definitely return to the team.
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Mourinho's men won 2-1 thanks to Paul Pogba's penalty in the first half and Luke Shaw's strike, which made Jamie Vardy's goal late only a consolation.
Mourinho was enthusiastic about Pereira's performance, after the match he said: "I do not want to go without saying about Andreas Pereira.
"He was on the bench as right wing in Valencia and he came to Old Trafford as number 6.
"He played phenomenal".