Well, Manchester United lost 2-0 to Liverpool in the end, though the game itself was somewhat confusing. The Red Devils actually looked pretty good at times. However, the largest gulf in class looked to be in midfield.
Although Fred did an excellent job (on his own for the most part), Andreas Pereira put in a display at the opposite end of the spectrum.
He has been at Old Trafford for years now and I genuinely still struggle to work out what his job is… Pereira’s certainly not an elite passer nor does he carve out openings via driving runs. Positionally he struggles, particularly defensively.
Pereira’s at that stage in his career where he should be taking his game to that next level. Instead, I think he’s at the peak of his powers. I could make an excuse for the Brazilian to be a semi-decent squad player – but there’s just no way he should be starting regularly for a club like United.
I get it, injuries mean he’s been thrust into action more than even Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would have lacked, but the lack of quality is just alarming.
Anyway, as you’d imagine, the fans weren’t best-pleased with Pereira, as they took to Twitter to fume at the 24-year-old after full-time…