Manchester United may have pulled off a 4-1 win over Newcastle United on Boxing Day but it seems Red Devils fans weren’t happy with the contributions of every player.
Indeed, Andreas Pereira is no stranger to criticism from supporters and that was the case once again on Thursday, despite him providing the assist for Anthony Martial and United’s first goal of the afternoon.
Much of the frustration appears to centre around a moment in which Pereira chose the wrong pass – pushing the ball through to Martial, who was actually drawing defenders away to make space for Mason Greenwood.
That incident and Pereira’s overall performance lead to criticism from fans on Twitter, with several describing him as “rubbish” and “awful”, and one even dubbing him more embarrassing than Gabriel Obertan and Bebe – two well-known United flops.
Andreas Pereira is more embarrassing than Obertan, Bebe, Buttner or Depay. He’s just lucky that their squad now is worse than it ever was so he doesn’t look that bad. I can’t even see him getting into another PL team’s starting XI
— Jamie (@jmemc55) December 26, 2019
Pereira is the first player to post on instagram! Very stupid boy! He played rubbish despite the win.
— F.A GARIMA ESQ (@iziit_garima) December 26, 2019
Pereira is really rubbish. I'm not ashamed of this 180°.
— Son of Jacob (@emmanuel_kuragu) December 26, 2019
Pereira what an awful player. Greenwood was in.
— Triple Sod User (@RicBruhdo) December 26, 2019
And Pereira’s questionable decision-making appears to be the source of much of the frustration, which the aforementioned poorly-picked pass only played further homage to.
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If you’re going to be a top-quality No.10, the position Pereira plays in United’s midfield, being able to make the right pass at the right time is key, but the Brazil international seems to lack that quality – one fan deeming him the most braindead footballer he’s ever seen in a Red Devils shirt.
Pereira’s decision making is awful. Never makes the right pass
— Tom (@CynicalLive) December 26, 2019
I think Andreas Pereira is the most braindead footballer I’ve ever seen in a United shirt, good grief
— NORWEGIAN SHERWOOD (@noncelona) December 26, 2019
Andreas Pereira’s vision pic.twitter.com/gpvTSvy0jL
— jonathan des fountain (@jonathandesf) December 26, 2019
— Lauren🦋 (@_Laurrenxx) December 26, 2019
And unfortunately for Pereira, his game-time may well suffer now that Paul Pogba’s made a second substitute appearance in as many games following a lengthy injury layoff.
While it remains to be seen if Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants to maintain faith in the 23-year-old, one assumes Pogba will come back into midfield from the off at his expense over the next few games.