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United midfielder Pereira eyes recovery against Chelsea

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.

I could quit Man Utd, says embattled Van Gaal
Stoke-On-Trent: Louis van Gaal said that he could jump before he is pushed after his position as Manchester United manager became even more precarious following a fourth successive defeat.
The under-fire Dutchman, 64, looked like a condemned man throughout United’s sorry 2-0 loss to Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium on Saturday and then in the inquest that took place afterwards.
When grilled about the firestorm of speculation surrounding his likely sacking and the possible appointment of Jose Mourinho, Van Gaal intimated that he may be about to walk away from a job that has undergone a dramatic downturn in fortunes in the past month.

While refusing to confirm or deny whether he has received assurances from the United board, he did state: “I have said already in former press conferences that it is not always that the club has to fire or sack me. Sometimes I do it by myself.

“I am the one who wants to speak first with the board of Manchester United, with my members of staff, with my players and not always you (the media).” On top of that, Van Gaal – appointed in July 2014 –failed to give a convincing answer when asked whether he would still be in charge for United’s next game against Chelsea at Old Trafford on Monday. 
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