Andreas Pereira remembers his Manchester United first-team debut – because Ryan Giggs “went mad” afterwards.
Pereira was a half-time substitute during the club’s ignominious 4-0 League Cup defeat to MK Dons in August 2014.
The then-League One club scored three times in the second half to condemn Louis van Gaal’s United to an embarrassing defeat – Pereira’s first taste of senior football.
“I was happy to be selected, but nervous too,” he told ESPN FC, before adding that the assistant manager had a scathing review for the squad.
“Ryan Giggs went mad with the players after the game,” Pereira added. “He was right because the performance wasn’t United’s level.”
Pereira is currently in the midst of a season-long loan with Valencia, but still keeps in touch with a number of United players.
“I used to live with Joel [Pereira, third-choice goalkeeper,” he said. “He is very good. He’ll soon be the No. 1 goalkeeper of Portugal. He’s that good. People don’t know him because he’s not playing, but as soon as he starts to play they’ll see. He’s very agile, has excellent reflexes, he’s sharp and a little bit crazy.
“He’s not scared of anything and it’s good for him to learn from David [De Gea] and Sergio [Romero], two very good goalkeepers who are professional and the right people to learn from.
“David is also a close friend. He’s amazing; the best goalkeeper in the world. People see what he does in games, but we’re lucky to see what he does in training. Sometimes we stand there and think: ‘How did he save that?’
“Paul Pogba is another friend I keep in touch with. He’s special; very charismatic.”