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What lies ahead for Andreas Pereira?

Andreas Pereira Has been at Manchester United since July 2012. A product of United’s academy, the player holds many technical and skilful qualities. Pereira first caught the eye of United fans when he was playing in the U18s and reserves. The Brazilian youth international featured in an attacking midfield role originally in United’s youth system. The player can also play on either wing or up front. Most recently at United, Jose Mourinho has played Pereira in a central midfield role during preseason games for the Manchester club.

Having spent the last two seasons on loan at Granada and Valencia respectively, Pereira’s United future is up in the air. At the start of the season that has just ended, Mourinho planned to keep Pereira in the squad. However, the player did not want to play a bit part role at Old Trafford. Pereira forced a loan move to Valencia to seek first team football. Consequentially, this has resulted in questions of the player’s mentality. Rather than seeking assurances of his role, the player must fight for his position like others in the squad.

Retrospectively, Pereira would have got plenty of chances at Old Trafford this season. Injuries for the likes of Paul Pogba, Ander Herrera and Marouane Fellaini has seen the promotion of academy graduate Scott McTominay. Michael Carrick also had a long spell out of action due to heart problems. Pereira’s crossing ability would have been beneficial to United this season as well. With United relying on crosses from Antonio Valencia, Ashley Young, and Marcus Rashford, it has not been productive. Hence the need for someone with Pereira’s technical ability.

Mourinho opened his United career with a pre-season game away to Wigan Athletic. He played Pereira in a holding midfield role as United won 2-0. On the preseason tour to Asia in 2016, Pereira featured regularly and looked an exciting prospect. Pereira ended up going on loan to Granada in La Liga in the 2016/2017 season. At Granada, the player played 35 times scoring five goals and registering three assists. Granada originally stationed Pereira out wide but after seeing his passing ability he ended the season playing in central midfield. The Brazilian excited many United fans as they waited for him to return to Manchester.

Furthermore, Pereira was a regular on United’s 2017 pre-season tour of the United States of America. Mourinho played the Brazilian in midfield and was in his plans for the season ahead. However, much to the manager’s dismay, Pereira forced a loan move to Valencia. With the intentions of regular first team football, the player only made 12 starts in La Liga scoring one goal and registering three assists. He was also deployed on both the left-wing and right-wing at Valencia. As previously stated, the player would have been better off staying at Old Trafford. Perhaps this loan at Valencia has damaged the player’s United career.

Pereira has now returned to Old Trafford after a disappointing spell at Valencia. With the retirement of Michael Carrick and the expected departure of Marouane Fellaini, an opening in the midfield has arisen. Mourinho obviously feels that central midfield is Pereira’s best position. However, with reports of Fred and Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, the Brazilian will have to fight for a place. If United do acquire the two midfielders, it is hard to see Pereira staying due to his concern about first team chances.

If the Brazilian does leave Manchester, there would be no shortage of suitors. Given the potential, the player has shown he would be a great asset for many sides looking to take a chance. Currently, there is a lack of transfer rumours regarding Pereira but expect this to change over the coming months. Perhaps a return to La Liga would suit the player as his ability fits the culture and style of the league.

Another loan for Andreas Pereira is extremely unlikely. At 22 years old, the player should be hoping to break into a regular first team. However, if he was to go on loan for the third time during his Old Trafford career, a Premier League loan would be interesting. La Liga is much different compared to the Premier League and if the player hopes to make it at United, he must be ready for the physical battle in England.

Written by Shane Purcell

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