Rio Ferdinand and Paul Scholes were impressed by West Brom star Matheus Pereira on Saturday despite Albion’s 1-0 defeat to Manchester United.
Pereira, 24, returned to West Brom’s starting line-up after missing the defeat to Tottenham due to a positive COVID-19 test.
He played in a more central position behind Karlan Grant and clearly, Slaven Bilic’s decision to switch up the Brazilian’s role had an impact.
According to stats by WyScout, Pereira made four progressive runs, had one touch inside the penalty area, won 46 per cent of offensive duels and set up two shots.
Man United found it hard to keep a handle on the ex-Sporting CP player at certain points and that was something that Old Trafford legends Scholes and Ferdinand pointed out after the first 45 minutes.
“He’s been very good. West Brom have been confident in possession, they’ve not just come to make the game difficult and sit back. They’ve really given it a go,” said Scholes at half-time on BT Sport 1.
“Ok, they’ve probably lacked that little bit of quality in the final third but Pereira’s a real threat.
“Again, a little nutmeg there on [Nemanja] Matic there. I think he’s done that three or four times. Lovely ball through [to Karlan Grant] and they’re a little bit unlucky there.”
Ferdinand added: “What it is, it’s about quality at both ends of the pitch. That’s what you’re looking for.
“This lad’s got it. He’s trying to pick people out and trying to unlock the door and Slaven will be pleased with that.”
Since winning promotion to the Premier League, Pereira is yet to hit the dazzlings heights we regularly met in the Championship with West Brom.
Pereira has assisted two goals and scored one for himself so far this term when he netted a stunning free-kick against Everton.
But the 24-year-old’s performances really need to improve against some of the league’s weaker sides.
Against Fulham, he struggled massively but it was good to see an improvement against Manchester United.
The Brazilian attacker is the best player that West Brom have and survival could rest on his shoulders.
In other West Brom news, this Albion player was torn to shreds for his international performance last week.