Januzaj’s loan move to Borussia Dortmund has been criticised by many Manchester United fans who feel it leaves the squad thin in options with so much football coming up thanks to cup games and the Champions League.
On the contrary, van Gaal feels both Pereira and Lingard are more than enough to replace the young Belgian at this stage.
Speaking alongside Ryan Giggs at an event hosted by the BBC’s Dan Walker on Wednesday night, van Gaal’s words about Pereira are certainly reassuring for him to hear.
After a breakthrough 12 months which has seen him train with the first-team regularly, finish runners-up with Brazil at the U20s World Cup and make his U23s debut, this is the latest step for Pereira at United and it could be a major one.
With Januzaj gone for the season, there are likely to be lots of opportunities for Pereira under van Gaal, as well as Jesse Lingard.
The 22-year-old English winger broke through last season but a terrible injury on the opening day against Swansea ruined his chances. Now, it looks like he could be given another one.
With every cloud there is a silver lining and if losing Januzaj for one year allows Pereira and Lingard to break through, that could very well be it.