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Andreas Pereira offered new four-year contract at Manchester United – time to step up and find the road to glory?

Manchester United midfielder Andreas Pereira will reportedly be offered a new long-term contract at the Theatre of Dreams this summer. the Belgian-born Brazilian had the additional one-year clause of his contract activated back in March and will now, according to reports, be offered a fresh four-year contract at the club.

The 23-year-old officially signed for United in January 2012, at the age of 16, making 78 appearances, scoring 20 goals, assisting a further 14 in three seasons (from the 2013/14 season) playing for the U18s, U19s, U21s and the first team. He then spent two seasons on loan in La Liga with Granada (2016/17) making 37 appearances, scoring five goals, and Valencia (2017/18) making 29 appearances, scoring one goal.

At the start of the 2018/19 season, Pereira remained a United player and did well during pre-season, which he had done in previous pre-season campaigns, this time, playing as a central midfielder, something Jose Mourinho, the manager at the time, thought suited him. Pereira made 22 appearances for United last season, scoring one goal and one assist, playing 906 minutes of football.

Pereira has played for Belgium (U15, U16, and U17) then switching his allegiances to Brazil, playing at U20, U23 and senior level, which happened in 2018. So far, he has not been called up to represent Brazil in 2019 with the likes of Casemiro, Arthur and Fernandinho all playing in a similar position.

United will keep Pereira until next summer (2020) but his four-year contract extension would see him remain at the Old Trafford club until the summer of 2023. There will most likely be the option of a fifth year to be added onto his new contract if reports are in fact correct. This may not be great news to some, who seem to be expecting departures and new signing en masse this summer.

However, Pereira is a talented player and still has the time to show his abilities. He might just be a squad player, which is something Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will need if he is to keep his players fit and rested with the club participating in the UEFA Europa League once again next season, meaning there will be plenty of matches on a Thursday evening and a Sunday, or even Monday night kickoffs. This was problematic during the 2016/17 season under Mourinho and will be similar for Solskjaer.

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