Manchester United’s Andreas Pereira joins Valencia on season-long loan

by Leo Nieboer

Manchester United youngster Andreas Pereira has joined Valencia on a season-long loan with no option to buy during the latter stages of the Spanish transfer window.

The Brazilian enjoyed a superb spell with Granada in La Liga last season, making 37 appearances and coming second only to Dani Ceballos – now with Real Madrid – when it came to completed dribbles amongst players under 21.

He returned to the Man United first team for their pre-season tour of the United States and looked set on staying at Old Trafford to fight for his place under Jose Mourinho, who had seemingly blocked a loan move for the youngster just a few days ago.

But the club confirmed late on Friday night that Pereira had indeed completed a loan move to the Spanish side – currently eighth in La Liga – for the rest of the season.

Supporters were probably looking forward to seeing Pereira feature in the first team this season – if only sporadically. He has certainly done enough over the last 12 months to merit a chance under Mourinho.

But the Brazilian is being pragmatic here: Mourinho sees him more as a central midfielder and Pereira finds himself way down the pecking order. Moving back to a league in which he excelled last season, playing for a team moving in the right direction this time, is without doubt in the interests of his career as a whole.

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