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Pereira: Solskjaer can lead Man United to great things

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Manchester United
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Andreas Pereira is confident Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is the right man to lead Manchester United, and expects they can “achieve great goals this season”.

United seem to have carried over last season’s struggles into the new one, with just one win in four Premier League matches. It’s put Solskjaer in the doghouse as the club’s problems show no signs of ending.

The Norwegian has faced his fair share of backlash during the summer. It mostly comes down to his decision to offload Romelu Lukaku, Alexis Sanchez, Ander Herrera and Chris Smalling.

Instead of searching for replacements, Solskjaer decided to place his faith in the young crop of talent at Old Trafford.

The 46-year-old has also employed a new style of play, which emphasises on pace and the freedom to attack the opposition.

So far, though, the results haven’t gone in his favour with United clearly struggling to hit their stride. Nemanja Matic even conceded that Solskjaer will have to take responsibility should things continue like this.

But Pereira, who has been one of the major beneficiaries of Solskjaer’s youth policy, believes things will eventually work out.

“We have a very positive way of playing now. It’s a style I like a lot,” he told the Independent.

“We’re moving in the right direction and everyone has the same mindset. So, I think we can achieve great goals this season.”

Pereira, who has spent spells on loan at Valencia and Granada due to a lack of chances under Jose Mourinho, has started two of United’s four league matches this term.

The 23-year-old midfielder, therefore, hopes to repay Solskjaer for his faith.

“For me, it has been massive,” said Pereira on his game time.

“It’s very important to me that he speaks highly about me. I just want to do my best on the pitch to show the faith back to him.

“It’s very important for the young players to be given this confidence and then, if you have the chance, you have to take it with both hands.”

United, who are eighth in the Premier League, will return to action on September 14 at home to Leicester City.

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SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 31: Andreas Pereira of Manchester United.