Andreas Pereira took a page out of Paul Scholes’ playbook by scoring an incredible 25-yard volley in Manchester United’s pre-season clash against Brentford.
Anthony Elanga opened the scoring for the Red Devils in the first half at Old Trafford on Wednesday.
However, Brentford bounced back only minutes later as Shandon Baptiste pulled back an equaliser.
Pereira, who spent last season out on loan in Serie A with Lazio, sent United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer a clear message with his time on the pitch against Brentford.
Jesse Lingard fired a shot from outside of the box directly at David Raya, who managed to parry his effort away.
Stop what you’re doing and admire this piece of magic 😱#MUFC @AndrinhoPereira
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) July 28, 2021
Andreas Pereira that was Paul Scholes like 🚀 pic.twitter.com/H7JrpaVEah
— dc76_cards ⚽ (@DC7616) July 28, 2021
Pereira goal vs Brentford (2-1) #mufc pic.twitter.com/UlKJmitr6f
— United Goals ⚽️ (@UnitedGoals__) July 28, 2021
Ethan Pinnock then headed the ball out of the Brentford box, only for it to fall directly into the path of Pereira.
Pereira took the shot first time and fired a rocket of a volley into the back of the Brentford net, with Raya standing little chance of stopping the Scholes-esque strike.
Unsurprisingly, the 25-year-old Brazilian midfielder’s screamer has evoked memories from United fans of Scholes’ sensational volley against Aston Villa in 2006.
Pereira just scored a truly sensational strike for Manchester United. It’s in a friendly, but that’s one of the most insane goals I’ve ever seen. pic.twitter.com/2uDlGAzKit
— 𝐀𝐅𝐂 𝐀𝐉𝐀𝐗 💎 (@TheEuropeanLad) July 28, 2021
Andreas pereira just scored a screamer one paul scholes will be proud of
— IG: SamuelOnoji (@samuelonoji) July 28, 2021
Damn Andreas pereira just scored a Scholes – Esque. Hell of a strike 🔥
— kemo sabe (@hobbledguy) July 28, 2021
Andreas Pereira turned on his Paul Scholes mode. WHAT A SCINTILLATING SHOT #MUFC
— JJ (@Jesal03) July 28, 2021
Andreas Pereira… more like Andreas Scholes… WHAT A SCREAMER!!! #MUFC pic.twitter.com/oPmf9wW1Mq
— $wift (@Utd_Swift) July 28, 2021
“Every pre-season Andreas Pereira turns into prime Scholes! That was something special,” one fan tweeted.
Someone else wrote: “Andreas Pereira channelling his inner Paul Scholes.”
A third said: “Andreas Pereira remembered that it’s pre-season so decided to turn into Paul Scholes again. Hell of a strike.”
And a fourth added: “Can’t believe I’ve just witnessed Andreas Pereira score the type of screamer we’d expect from the likes of [Wayne] Rooney or Scholes.”
Despite Pereira’s wonderful strike restoring United’s lead, Brentford once again pulled level late in the second half thanks to Bryan Mbeumo.
United, who suffered a 4-2 defeat to Queens Park Rangers on Saturday, were held to a 2-2 draw against Brentford at Old Trafford.
The Red Devils will resume their pre-season campaign against Preston on 31st July before facing Everton on 7th August.
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