Manchester United fans were more than a bit pleased when it emerged that an ankle injury would sideline Wayne Rooney.
The striker has been badly off the boil and with Van Gaal refusing to drop his captain, the injury comes as somewhat of a blessing in disguise.
But with Ander Herrera also out injured United face a problem, who will fill in for Rooney? The obvious choice is Juan Mata with the Spaniard able to pull the strings in the #10 role that Rooney has been holding hostage but United fans seemingly would prefer someone else.
Andreas Pereira was handed his Manchester United debut earlier in the season in the Capital One Cup against Ipswich and he didn’t disappoint, scoring a scorching freekick.
And it seems this is the man that fans want to see tomorrow filling in for their absent captain.
The 19 year old Brazilian has tons of ability and has been touted for the top and Saturday’s game against West Ham could be just the time for him to really introduce himself to the world.
Van Gaal has never been one to shy away from giving youngsters a chance and has done so on numerous occasions this season, will Pereira be handed his shot against an injury ravaged West Ham?
These fans sure hope so!
Would love to see Andreas Pereira brought in this weekend. Great chance for him to shine and provide some creativity with Rooney out.
— Doron Salomon (@DoronSalomon) December 4, 2015
I'd seriously consider starting Pereira tomorrow. He can provide the creativity we're currently lacking in the final third. #MUFC
— HannahCarrollDesign (@HannahCDesigns) December 4, 2015
Crossing fingers for Andreas Pereira tomorrow. WIth Rooney and Herrera out he should be the main man! #MUFC
— Pravesh Ruiz (@Ruiz_X14) December 4, 2015
Really want to see Andreas Pereira feature in the league, he's got a perfect chance vs West Ham with all the injuries we have in attack.
— NM (@UtdDi) December 4, 2015
Andreas Pereira should play at the 'no.10' role as CAM tomorrow. We all know he's got loads of talent. Deserves a shot. @andrinhopereira
— Farman Bond (@Farman_Bond007) December 4, 2015
Wanna see @andrinhopereira Play Tomo - someone who can make something happen
— Fly Guy (@BigmouthJD) December 4, 2015
Andreas Pereira for Rooney would make my day
— Shihab (@Shihab06) December 4, 2015
i just think its the perfect timefor van gaal to introduce andreas pereira to play behind martial…
— VAN GAAL IS HOT (@varunarun438) December 4, 2015