Last season, Jose Mourinho, in his own annoying public proclamation style, informed the press that he wanted Andreas Pereira to stay at Old Trafford and fight for a place in the first team. Instead, the Brazilian midfielder opted to join La Liga club Valencia on loan. Fast forward one year later, Pereira has been a shining light for Manchester United in preseason and is proving himself in an unfamiliar number 6 role in Nemanja Matic’s absence.
Mourinho was full of praise for Andreas Pereira after the win against Leicester City in the first game of the season.
A right-winger at Valencia, he spent the season at on the bench. From the bench at Valencia as a right-winger he comes to Old Trafford as the No.6 and played a phenomenal match. – Jose Mourinho
Once Nemanja Matic is ready to play again or Herrera comes back from injury, Andreas Pereira might find himself on the bench. Even Fellaini should be higher in the pecking order than him but his versatility means he will enjoy enough games to make a difference this season. The expectation is not that he will play all games but he should be able to fill in whenever a first 11 player is absent. Mourinho was not impressed when his club did not sign the right winger he wanted. Maybe once all the midfield players are fit to play, Pereira can be given a chance to impress as a right winger, the position in which he showed he can play at Valencia. What good are those League Cup games for if you cannot experiment a bit?
This season presents an opportunity for yet another academy graduate to make the jump, like Rashford, Lingard and McTominay in the past two years. At 22, Pereira has been at the club for 6 years now; he was signed by Sir Alex Ferguson on the first day of 2012. After multiple loans, he is now ready to shine on the biggest stage for United.
Boa Sorte Andreas!
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