United midfielder Pereira eyes recovery against Chelsea

Manchester, Dec 27 (IANS) Manchester United midfielder Andreas Pereira says Monday’s crucial Barclays Premier League clash against Chelsea offers a perfect opportunity to recover swiftly from the slip-up against Stoke City that saw them succumbing to third straight loss.

Stoke City beat United 2-0 on Saturday to push down Lous van Gaal’s men to the sixth spot in the EPL table. It was United’s fourth straight loss and they have gone without a win in the last eight matches.

The busy festive schedule means that kick-off against Chelsea at the Old Trafford stadium comes just over 48 hours after the full-time whistle in Staffordshire, and Pereira sees the game as a chance to move forward.

“Of course, Stoke played really well, but I think we have to look at ourselves and make sure we do better. It’s not long until the next game (against Chelsea) so I think we have to move on from this game and forget about the loss,” Pereira told manutd.com.

“We just have to keep working hard and stick together now. We have to focus on Monday’s game and make sure we do better, in order to get the three points. It’s important to get the three points in the next game.”

Despite Saturday’s setback, the Brazil Under-20 international had praise for United’s travelling fans after the game and stressed the squad’s determination to reward their support by reaping a victory against Chelsea.

“The fans are always great. They always support us and that’s something we’re really happy about. We have to show them (our appreciation) by picking up three points on Monday,” he said.

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