Memphis Depay consoles Man Utd’s Andreas Pereira after costly mistake
The Brazilian was distraught after his mistake cost loan team Flamengo a shot to glory in the Copa Libertadores final
Andreas Pereira was heartbroken on Saturday after his mistake cost Flamengo dearly in the Copa Libertadores final, but he had the support of former Manchester United teammate Memphis Depay after the game.
The Brazilian midfielder joined the Rio-based club on loan from United in August and started the continental final against Palmeiras alongside former Premier League players David Luiz, Felipe Luis and Mauricio Isla.
However, extra time brought a nightmare moment for Pereira, who was taken over by Deyverson, allowing the opposing striker to cross and score the winning goal.
The 25-year-old was visibly distraught when Palmeiras attended the game, but his former colleague from Old Trafford was on hand to offer his support.
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After the game, Pereira took to Instagram to apologize for his role in his team’s 2-1 loss.
âI am here with a heavy heart! Today I made a mistake! ” he wrote.
“The difficult times show the character of our group which during these 3 months welcomed me into the Flamengo family with so much affection!
âI apologize for today’s mistake! I promise you that I will win you back! “
Pereira and Depay spent a season together at Old Trafford during Louis van Gaal’s tenure, with Pereira among the replacements for the Dutchman’s Man Utd debut in 2015.
And the Barcelona striker was one of the first to offer his sympathies to his former colleague, writing “Head up, little brother! The future is bright”.
A number of Brazilian players have also shown their support, with Kaka urging his compatriot to “…
“Raise your head, making mistakes is part of our sport. Don’t give up, I trust you, you are an ace,” was Neymar’s message, while former Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva reassured Pereira that “A mistake does not define the player you are.
Raphael Veiga gave Palmeiras the lead in the final in Montevideo, Gabigol equalizing for Flamengo, but Deyverson made the decisive intervention after Pereira’s mistake.
Pereira last played for Manchester United in their Europa League win over LASK in August 2020, while his last Premier League appearance came in a victory at Brighton in June of the same year.
He spent last season on loan at Lazio, helping the Italian club to finish sixth in Serie A, before moving to Brazil after being found to be surplus to the needs of former United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
The midfielder played a bigger role under Flamengo boss and former Brazilian international Renato Gaucho, with the manager saying “He is a player who knows how to defend, also knows how to attack, he has the quality to do it”.
He is expected to return to Old Trafford at the end of the season, by which time he will have a year left with United.