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Andreas Pereira hints at Manchester United exit this summer…

Manchester United midfielder Andreas Pereira has hinted at a possible exit from the Old Trafford club this summer. The 23-year-old will be out of contract so will most likely be a free agent, unless the club manager to tempt him with a new contract, they seem to be aiming to keep players who could be considered as dead wood. No disrespect to Pereira but it just has not worked out for him at United. He’s out of his depth in a central midfield role and lacks the pace to play on the wing.

Some United supporters have suggested that Pereira if playing in Europe is what he wants to do, would be suited to playing in Spain or even Italy. However, judging by the comments the player has made on Brazilian television, it may seem that a return to Brazil is what he could be looking for. Speaking to Esporte Interativo, Pereira suggested that he had a lot of desire to play in Brazil and Santos would be his preference. He said:

“I have a lot of desire to play in Brazil and my preference will always be Santos. Of course, also, my family is from Paraná, we really like Athletico Paranaense.

“I think it’s the two clubs, if it is to have preference, they are the two clubs that I would like to play in Brazil. Also, by the way, there was even this speculation that I was going to Santos.

“I even talked to the president, but unfortunately it was not possible. I also think that I have to finish a more established career here in Europe.

“So later… of course, it’s a dream to play in Santos. I told him, he understood, he was very nice to me. Of course, I wish the best for them, and God willing, this year we’ll win a little trophy there with Santos, right?”

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Under Jose Mourinho, Pereira was liked and seemed to have a future at the club. However, when he forced a loan spell with Valencia on deadline day in 2017, it was against the wishes of Mourinho and it was speculated that it could be costly for the player on his return. Last summer, Mourinho gave Pereira a chance during pre-season to show him that he fits into his team and he impressed, although it was just pre-season, not actual league football.

The main problem with Pereira, in my opinion, is that he just does not seem to have a purpose. In matches he has played this season, under both Mourinho and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, he has looked terrible. His supporters though suggest that will be a world-class player, which seems to be more wishful thinking than actual insight into the development of the player. Honestly, and it hurts to suggest this, I don’t think he is what Manchester United want or need right now.

United have some big games coming up this month. I could see Pereira being given an opportunity against Fulham at Craven Cottage in the Premier League on Saturday but he might have to accept a position on the bench, rather than starting the game. During the rest of the month, it is unlikely that he will feature against Paris Saint-Germain in the round of 16 in the UEFA Champions League or against Chelsea in the Emirates FA Cup. The match against Crystal Palace at the end of the month could be a chance for him.

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