Andreas Pereira wants Man United to 'score a few goals' this weekend

Manchester United forward Andreas Pereira wants to see his side score a few goals as they host 12th placed West Bromwich Albion at Old Trafford on Saturday.

The Reds had been in somewhat a scoring crisis before captain Wayne Rooney scored the only goal in their victory over CSKA Moscow in the UEFA Champions League.

Ahead of Rooney's header, from a Jesse Lingard cross, United were on a run of 404 minutes without scoring. That translates to more than 6 hours and the hostility towards that record was shown on Tuesday night against CSKA as the Old Trafford crowd consistently showed the lack of support for possession football, instead craving chances and goals.

United did score, however, and Pereira wants it continue with more on Saturday against West Brom, who are one of the Premier League's most organised defensive units thanks to manager Tony Pulis.

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Speaking to the club's official television channel MUTV and website, Pereira said "maybe it [Rooney's header] was just the goal needed to get going again."

"Hopefully, on Saturday, we can score a few goals. We have to keep working hard and make sure we win the game," he said.

At Old Trafford on Saturday will be former-United first team players Darren Fletcher, who was named vice-captain by Louis van Gaal in 2014, and Jonny Evans. Both sold this year, they came through United's famous academy as Pereira has done.

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The 19-year-old said, "I think they're a very good team." The Brazilian says "it'll be a strange feeling" playing against Fletcher and Evans, "but it will be nice to see them."

Pereira is developing well, having shone in the under-21 side last season, a class above his opponents and teammates. He's now got 5 first team appearances under his belt, three coming this season. Against Ipswich Town in the Capital One Cup, the youngster got his first goal, the second of three from a free-kick.

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"I think I'm progressing well," he said. "I'm working hard every day. I'm trying to do my best and impress the manager." Now Pereira must "keep doing like I'm doing. Hopefully, I can be involved in some more games."

He has certainly taken the few chances he has been given this season well, scoring as well as performing well and adding a slight flair to a United side often missing the unpredictable. Having inherited Adnan Januzaj's number 44 in 2014, he won't have a season like his friend where he breaks through suddenly to become a key component of the side.

However, he's doing well so far and he and manager Louis van Gaal appear to have a good relationship. Hopefully, as Pereira says, he can be involved in more games. He's been a consistent part of the matchday squad this season but a few more substitute appearances would be great for him.