Pogba’s inclusion in PFA team of the season defended by teammate

Andreas Pereira has had a slightly better spell under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, or at least he should feel more wanted by the Norwegian than he did with José Mouriho, who decided against letting the Brazil international leave for free this summer.

United go into their game against Chelsea after losing seven of their last nine fixtures across all competitions. That needs to improve quickly if United have any chance of finishing in the top four.

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The Reds trail Chelsea in the league by three points, so a win today could open the race for a dramatic finish.

Pereira, who is in the matchday squad, told the club’s official website: “We have to show we want the top four and, in these games, we have to show our level and show we are worthy to be in the Champions League.

“We want to do everything we can to get into the top four. We have to take each game on its own and get the three points.

“We have to stick together as a team and work together and try to get the three points in each game.”

The 23-year-old has made 33 senior appearances for United, with 14 of those coming under Solskjaer. His first goal for the club against Southampton won the club’s goal of the month for March.

“I’ve learnt so much. Overall, for me, it’s been a special season.

“I got my first start, scored my first [Premier League] goal and played in my first derby, although the result was disappointing.  

“I feel like I have got better on a lot of things and the manager and the staff have helped with me with everything.

“I’m so grateful to him [Solskjaer] that he puts his trust in me, and I just want to show on the pitch that he can trust me in every game. I want to play and do well for the team.”

It was revealed this week that Pereira’s teammate, Paul Pogba, had made the PFA’s Premier League Team of the Season.

Pogba’s inclusion sparked much debate, but Pereira believes the Frenchman deserves such recognition.

“Paul is a world-class player, everyone knows it. You can see it every day, he has experience and I’m very happy for him and very happy that he’s with us at United.”

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