Memphis arrived at Man United from PSV Eindhoven last summer with a reputation as one of the brightest young talents in world football.
But the Dutchman has struggled to make an impact at Old Trafford and he has often been left out of the side by Louis van Gaal. Pereira defended Memphis in a recent interview.
“I’ve joked with him about it,” Pereira said.
“He is a very talented player and he can still give a lot to the club. I think he will be a big star not only for Manchester, but for the Dutch national team as well. He has exceptional talent.
“It’s normal for you to play well in a match and then have a fall of production in the next game in the first year – he’s still getting used to a new life and a new country.”
Pereira is having troubles of his own at United as he recently criticised van Gaal for going back on his word to play him this season.
Both players are excellent talents but they need to deliver on a more consistent basis, with more emphasis on their all-round game rather than flashes here and there.
Players are expected to hit the ground running at a club like United but it doesn’t always work that way and the pair will not be the last youngsters to struggle early on in their careers at Old Trafford. Both Memphis and Pereira should be afforded patience going forward.