Andreas Pereira has continued to work hard on loan at Valencia during the La Liga winter break.
The Brazilian went against Jose Mourinho’s wishes and joined up with Los Che on a season-long loan back in September after impressing at Granada over the 2016/17 campaign.
And he was played an important role in Valencia’s unexpected rise to third – four points ahead of Real madrid – by the midway point of the season, making 15 appearances in all competitions.
Pereira has taken to social media to show his boss that he is still working hard during the winter break, posting a video of himself going through a series of core-strengthening exercises.
Manchester United have the option to bring Pereira back to Old Trafford in January – a prospect the 21-year-old is not interested in – and the recent malaise in front of goal may indeed convince Mourinho, especially if he can’t make any additions in that area next month, to bring him back into the fold.
But this wouldn’t be the right thing to do, even if it does seem like the obvious option. Pereira has grown as a player and individual over the last few months and finds himself in the throes of an exhilarating campaign under manager Marcelino. Taking him away from that would be like telling a student with a predicted 1:1 to leave university and go work for his dad’s firm because they need an extra pair of hands.
Man United, therefore, should let him continue to thrive and fight at the Mestalla, and then see if he can replicate his nous in La Liga in the Premier League next season.