Andreas Pereira hoping to break back into Manchester United’s first-team

by Leo Nieboer


Andreas Pereira has expressed a desire to reestablish himself in the Manchester United first team upon returning from his loan spell at Granada over the summer.

The Brazilian announced himself to supporters under Louis van Gaal with a scintillating performance during a 3-0 win over Ipswich Town in the League Cup back in September 2015.

He was sent out to Granada on a season-long loan over the summer after failing to establish himself in Jose Mourinho’s first team during pre-season.

And Pereira, who has made 26 appearances in La Liga for Granada, scoring four goals, was quick to make note of his commitment to restoring his place in the first team over the summer.

“It was nice to hear from Jose Mourinho [ahead of the loan] and it’s nice that the people at United trust me and I always feel that they are watching. For me, that’s very important,” he said.

“I don’t feel like you’re left alone when you go on loan, and it feels good. I still feel part of it. I’m doing my thing here but I’m still a United player and that’s the end of the story.

“[Assistant manager] Rui Faria sometimes sends me messages and asks how it is going. He contacted me to say I scored a good goal and I am happy when I get recognised for doing good things and to know that they’re watching.

“Hopefully, I will come back next season and show the fans and everyone at United that I am ready.”

“I’m playing well,” he said. “I’m trying to do my job and am getting a lot of minutes. It has been very good playing here at a high level in Spain, in La Liga, every week. I get to train and focus hard for the games and, for me, it has been very good.

“Unfortunately for the team, it has been a bit difficult this season but we’re trying to get out of this situation as quickly as possible.”

Attacking midfield serves as perhaps the most populous area in this current Man United squad: Jesse Lingard, Marcus Rashford, Juan Mata, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Wayne Rooney (sort of), Anthony Martial and Ashley Young are all essentially vying for either two of three positions, depending on whether Mourinho uses a No.10. Combine that with any new attacking reinforcements and you have quite an array of options.

What you also have, it seems, is a slim chance of Pereira imposing himself on the starting XI in any meaningful way over the next year. The youngster has experienced a superb transformation since arriving in Spain, garnering a notable sense of individualism and grit, but whether it will be enough to see him breach the first team remains an open question.

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