Luke Shaw will be demanding a game of FIFA with Andreas Pereira after the midfielder called the England international the worst FIFA player at Manchester United.
In an interview with Complex, the Belgium-born star revealed he doesn’t like to play the video game with Shaw because “he’s the worst”.
FIFA is a great way for footballers to pass the time - few things could be better than playing as yourself on a computer game - and Pereira, a self-confessed gaming addict, has revealed United’s locker-room secrets.
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Shaw has a lot of time on his hands - he’s currently recovering from a double leg-break suffered in September - but, according to Pereira, the left-back hasn’t managed to improve his FIFA skills.
The 20-year-old said: “We play 2v2s, it’s always funny. I like to play with David de Gea, he’s a good player.
“But I don’t want to play with Luke Shaw… he’s the worst.”
As well as criticising Shaw’s ability, Pereira questioned his rating on the EA Sports-produced game.
“I’m 66 but it will get better,” he said. “I think my speed should be a bit faster and my skills should be higher.”
Pereira has earned rave reviews after breaking into the first team this season, earning a regular spot on the bench and making four Premier League appearances.
Pereira, who joined United in 2012, has risen through the club’s academy along with Cameron Borthwick-Jackson and Jesse Lingard, and he’s proud of the strong relationship the youngsters have developed.
“We’ve been through the academy and reserves together so we’ve known each other for a very long time and I think he have a special bond,” he said.
“We understand each other and we make jokes on the training bond. There’s definitely a special connection on the pitch, too.”
United fans first became aware of Pereira’s talent in September. The midfielder scored a wonderful free-kick at Old Trafford in the Capital One Cup victory over Ipswich, a moment he admitted to once dreaming about.
“I was very happy,” he added. “It was a relief. I’ve always dreamed about this moment and it happened.
“I’m living my dream. Hopefully I can score more goals like that.”
Despite being born in Belgium, Pereira has hopes of playing his international football for Brazil, the country he was raised in. He represented the South American team in last summer’s FIFA Under-20 World Cup and scored in the final.
He is just one of a rising crop of young Brazilian talents and Pereira is excited to be a part of the national team’s future.
“We have a lot of good players in the national team and if we can develop we’ll be brilliant,” he continued. “We have Rafinha and Lucas Silva who will be amazing - I can name 11 players who will be great.”
No doubt Pereira has played hundreds of games for Brazil on FIFA, with himself orchestrating things in midfield.