Andreas Pereira: I’m ready if Jose Mourinho needs me at Manchester United

by Leo Nieboer

Andreas Pereira has made it clear that he is ready to give everything if Jose Mourinho needs him at Manchester United.

The Brazilian, after falling to break into Mourinho’s squad over the summer, was sent out on loan to Grenada in August.

Pereira has impressed many since arriving in Spain, making 13 appearances out wide for the relegation-threatened La Liga side. He netted his first goal for the club during Grenada’s 2-1 win over Sevilla last weekend – their first win of the season.

The 20-year-old insisted that, should Mourinho come calling, he would be raring to go.

“Mourinho and I are always in contact and we talk after my games,” he said.

“If Manchester United needs me, I am always ready.

“The experience here in Spain has been very good, even though the club has struggled a bit. But I think we have been improving game by game and the last two games it showed that we are on the right track.

“I came here to play games, get a good experience playing in a top league and then to go back [to United] and to fight for a spot in the squad.”

Pereira’s loan move to Grenada – a side rooted to the bottom of La Liga, devoid of attacking potency – looked questionable on paper. History dictates, after all, that sending young, promising attacking midfielders to relegation candidates in a foreign country is doomed to fail.

And yet, one glance at Pereira in Grenada colours and this notion is somewhat dispelled. The Brazilian, even in a confidence-strapped side, has grown in stature, maturing on the ball and developing his athleticism. United fans will be excited to see how he fits within Mourinho’s framework for next season.

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