The Brazilian was the star of the show in the Red Devils’ friendly on Wednesday, scoring a marvelous goal from about 25 yards out.
Andreas Pereira is poised to play more “in Manchester or elsewhere” as he feels he can “score more goals and make assists” with consistent minutes on the pitch.
After finding himself on the fringes of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad, Pereira joined Lazio on a season-long loan deal last summer.
The 25-year-old, though, has been featured regularly for United in their pre-season fixtures in the absence of the team’s senior players.
Inconsistency has always been an issue for the player who is blessed with great technical ability, and he showed a glimpse of his talent in United’s 2-2 draw with Premier League newcomers Brentford by striking a thunderous long-range volley in off the underside of the crossbar.
His future remains up in the air, with sources suggesting the Red Devils are willing to cash in on him this summer.
“I’m ready to play, I’m not a boy anymore. I’m a man ready to take responsibility,” Pereira told TNT Sports.
“I’m sure that with playing time and continuity as a starter in my position, I can show what I’ve done at the academy, I can score more goals and make assists. A player of my position needs the confidence to play and the freedom to dare on the field.”
“In Manchester or elsewhere, the time has come to play, to have at least an hour per game on the field, to have the confidence to play. I want to be happy, to feel important.
“We are focused on looking for the best for my career. That’s what my staff thinks. And I know United want the same.”