Manchester United midfielder Andreas Pereira said the exertions from the game against Chelsea left him feeling ‘dead’.
United were noticeably less slothful compared to last season, and that comes after reports that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had focused on improving the fitness of his squad over the summer months. Last season, they were palpably struggling to complete the first six minutes of a match without looking like they were in need of throwing up into a bucket.
Against Chelsea on Sunday, only Luke Shaw looked disgracefully overweight and was regularly caught out of position, but the rest of the team looked much sharper compared to last season, if still far from perfect.
After the game, in which he was substituted after 74 minutes, he said:
“I was dead.
“But the crowd was so loud I felt I could run all day long.
”I walked around the pitch which was strange as I didn’t know we had to do that, but the crowd applauded me and that made me feel very proud.”
Pereira also said that he was feeling much better under the current manager, and about his chances this season.
“I was confident that I was going to play because I was doing well.”
“The manager has told me that he has the confidence in me to play and that means so much to me.
”I wanted to show him that he was not wrong. Young players think like this.”
“I feel stronger than ever and more confident under this manager.”
“We have to keep our feet on the ground and work hard. I feel great, we feel great to win like this at home but we play Wolves next, a team who beat us twice last season.
”We can’t do that again. We made mistakes there and we made mistakes today. We will improve.”