Andreas Pereira has expressed his desire to play for Manchester United’s first-team next season.
The Brazilian, after failing to break into Jose Mourinho’s first-team squad last summer, was sent out to Grenada on a season long loan.
Pereira has played every minute for the La Liga side since making his debut from the bench against Las Palmas in August, producing a number of emphatic performances.
Reflecting on his time in Spain, the 20-year-old set his sights on playing regularly at Old Trafford next season.
“I love the club so why can’t I go back and play with Marcus (Rashford) and the other guys? It’s my big ambition to get as much experience as I can and try to go back next year and be a regular first-team player,” he said.
“Mourinho will be honest with me. If he says I can’t do it, I will try do my best somewhere else and maybe come back another time like Pogba. But the club are keeping in touch, I got a message last week from Rui Faria (Mourinho’s assistant). It shows I am not forgotten.”
Pereira has played seven games for Grenada, and is yet to taste victory. Anybody who spends just 15 minutes watching the Spanish side will tell you that the Brazilian is playing in a side sapped of confidence, lacking even an iota of creative zeal.
And yet, in spite of this, Pereira is thriving on a personal level. He is playing every week, demonstrating a level of fervour going forward that belies the sapped, stagnant nature of what surrounds him.
United fans will hope to see the 20-year-old continue in similar style upon his return to Old Trafford next summer.