Andreas Pereira has been speaking about Manchester United’s dramatic lapse in form last season.
When Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was appointed interim boss following Jose Mourinho’s sacking in December, things couldn’t be going much better for the Reds.
The Norwegian had led the side to victories over Tottenham, Arsenal, Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League.
However, then came an unexplainable downturn in form ending in dire performances against Huddersfield and Cardiff as the season closed in a whimper.
“We felt like we were fading away, the training was not as sharp as it had been,” Pereira told United We Stand editor Andy Mitten for FourFourTwo.
“There was a lack of concentration. We had a very bad feeling after the last game last season (a home defeat to relegated Cardiff City). 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.”
There seems to be a renewed optimism around the squad during this pre-season tour, and the players cannot afford to take their foot off the pedal as they did last time out.
Solskjaer still has a big task on his hands to get in the top four this season, with only two new additions so far proving there has been no rebuild as promised.
Meanwhile, Brazilian midfielder Pereira must also step up in midfield following the recent exits of Marouane Fellaini and Ander Herrera.
The 23-year-old has recently been handed a new contract, showing the faith Solskjaer has in the academy graduate.